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|No. 2053: Syria Temple No. 31|
Digital photograph taken Jan. 2003. Syria Temple No. 31, Prince Hall, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Located at 89 Norfolk Street. The building was constructed as the first chapel of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, after the construction of the brick St. Matthew's on Stanton Street, the wooden building was used as a parochial school. The Archdiocese sold it in June, 1975, to the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of Nobles.
| Reader's Comment: From Mary Stankiewicz
I remember it being called the "little school". I remember the school pageants held there, singing and dancing with Donald Aucoin on stage to scottish songs, sitting with my mother while watching my older brother play a wise man in the nativity play,waiting for Santa Claus who would come down from the back and give out the boxes of hard Christmas candy, I ate my First Communion breakfast there and telling the priest that I had spilled orange juice on my white dress, we enjoyed Girl Scout meetings there and made no bake chocolate coconut cookies,also Jr. Catholic daughter meetings, went to my first school dance there with Jean Eunson,walked down from St. Matt's to watch a movie, and a talent show when some sang "he wore tan shoes with pink show laces, we did the "mexican hat dance". Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories from the kitchen on the right front, to the stage straight in and up the few side stairs, bathroom in back, and the noise we made running on the har!
d wood floors! Mary (Karpowicz)Stankiewicz class of St matthew's '62
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Created: January 3, 2009 Modified: December 26, 2009