St. Helena's After Modernization, 1966


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St. Helena's After Modernization, 1966

In 1965, St. Helena's was updated to give the structure a more modern appearance. Maintaining its general form from renovations completed prior to World War II, changes were made to the design of the steeple and the West 65th Street main entrance.

This modernization was reflective of an invigorated sense of importance placed on the role of religion in the Romanian community. Following World War II, Cleveland witnessed the arrival of approximately 2,000 displaced political refugees from the newly formed Romanian People's Republic. These new immigrants to America, along with a strong anti-communist faction of the Romanian community in America, developed organizations to protest communist rule of their homeland, aid refugees, and provide relief to those still living in Romania. These organizations often were associated with or directly tied to Romanian religious communities.

Photograph courtesy of Cleveland State University Special Collections


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