Category:Places of worship in Canada destroyed by arson
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The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King (Hamilton) – Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King is a Roman Catholic church in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The Cathedral was consecrated on December 19,1933 and it is the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, and the cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton. The cathedral contains the cathedra of bishop the most Rev. Douglas Crosby D. D, the cathedral was raised to the status of a minor basilica on February 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI. On the south side of the tower, is the cornerstone blessed by Bishop McNally, builder of the Cathedral. It is a stone excavated from the Roman Catacombs to symbolize the unity with the ancient Christian church. Christ the King Cathedral Masses are usually presided over by the parish rector, the Cathedral is located atop a hill facing south. The South King St. doors open up to a fine stone staircase leading down into the front parking lot. The pure gothic belltower containing a carillon of 23 bells, is 165 feet high, the largest bell called the Bourdon Bell, weighs 4½ tons and was donated by Prime Minister of Canada, R. Bennett, a friend of Bishop McNallys. At night, the Cathedral is illuminated by lights and creates an imposing sight. Parish organizations include the Knights of Columbus, Childrens Liturgy, Bazaar Committee, Social Committee, Altar Servers, Cathedral ushers, Catholic Womens League, there is also a parish advisory committee made up of all the Ministry leaders. The music department presents approximately 5 concerts per year of various choirs, william Russell Souter designed Cathedral of Christ the King. Joseph Pigott was a giant who headed the family business that built Hamilton landmarks including City Hall. Joseph Pigott was the head of the Pigott Construction Company of Hamilton that built, Construction was begun by the Pigott Construction Company of Hamilton in 1930 and completed in 1933. Renovations were carried out in 1981 when it was damaged by a fire earlier that year, one stained glass window was completely rebuilt by the original craftsman, F. Meyer of Munich, Germany. A reconfigured ambo for readers of the scriptures at Mass, new lighting and sound system air conditioning of the entire Cathedral and basement hall the Chancel organ was removed and later installed 25 feet North of the original position. The cathedral interior is pure 13th Century English Gothic, two kinds of limestone grace its walls and pillars, Indiana Limestone and Ontario Credit Valley Limestone. Its vaulted ceiling, with bosses, is a direct copy of Norwich Cathedral in England. It also has seating for over 1000 parishioners in the nave and 200 in the Sanctuary area, the left side altar with its magnificent large painting of Christs entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, contains the holy oils in three gold urns
2. Church of the Messiah (Toronto) – The Church of The Messiah is an Anglican church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The church is located at the corner of Avenue Road and Dupont Street and it was founded by members of the Church of the Redeemer further south on Avenue Road on March 24,1891. The building was designed by Gordon & Helliwell along with a Rectory next door, the church suffered a major fire in 1976 that gutted the building and destroyed the parish hall next door. The fire was determined to be arson by Toronto police and the perpetrator was convicted and jailed, the church was rebuilt preserving the original exterior appearance, however the interior was radically redesigned to maximize flexibility. As a result, the Church of The Messiah has a space that can be configured in several different ways. During the week the space is used for worship, community meetings, dance and yoga classes, historically, the Church of The Messiah was a bastion of the low-church Anglicanism in Canada. Every Rector prior to the current one was a graduate of Wycliffe College, several of these were noted preachers and two went on to become Bishops. Currently, the church is known for a worship style, a diverse congregation. The current Incumbent is the Revd W. Tay Moss, AHC, dr. Fiona Ryan serves as Minister of Music. List of Anglican churches in Toronto Official site
3. Notre-Dame Basilica (Montreal) – Notre-Dame Basilica is a basilica in the historic district of Old Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The church is located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West, at the corner of Saint Sulpice Street and it is located next to the Saint-Sulpice Seminary and faces the Place dArmes square. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the churchs is highly decorated, the vaults are coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is decorated in blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes. In 1657, the Roman Catholic Sulpician syndicate arrived in Ville-Marie, now known as Montreal, the parish they founded was dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary, and the parish church of Notre-Dame was built on the site in 1672. François Baillairgé, an architect, designed the decoration and choir 1785-95. The church served as the first cathedral of the Diocese of Montreal from 1821 to 1822, by 1824 the congregation had completely outgrown the church, and James ODonnell, an Irish-American Anglican from New York City, was commissioned to design the new building. ODonnell was a proponent of the Gothic Revival architectural movement, and he is the only person buried in the churchs crypt. ODonnell converted to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed perhaps due to the realization that he not be allowed to be buried in his church. The main construction took place between 1824 and 1829. The cornerstone was laid at Place dArmes on September 1,1824, the sanctuary was finished in 1830, and the first tower in 1841, the second in 1843. On its completion, the church was the largest in North America and it remained the largest in North America for over fifty years. A new pipe organ was built in 1858 by Samuel Russell Warren, the interior took much longer, and Victor Bourgeau, who also worked on Montreals Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, worked on it from 1872 to 1879. Stonemason John Redpath was a participant in the construction of the Basilica. Because of the splendour and grand scale of the church, a more intimate chapel, Chapelle du Sacré-Cœur, was built behind it, along with some offices, in 1886 Casavant Frères began building a new 32-foot pipe organ at the church, completing it in 1891. It was notably the first organ with pedals to be operated by electricity. Arson destroyed the Sacré-Cœur Chapel on December 8,1978 and it was rebuilt with the first two levels being reproduced from old drawings and photographs, with modern vaulting and reredos and an immense bronze altarpiece by Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin
4. St. Ilija Macedonian Orthodox Church, Mississauga – St. Ilija, is a Macedonian Orthodox Church named after the Prophet Elijah. It is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the Macedonian Orthodox church parish in Mississauga was founded in 1979. The first church building was located on 290 Derry Rd West, in 1997 the parish relocated to its Streetsville location, restoring and converting a former art gallery into a church. In 2000 the church fell victim to an attack and a large portion of the building was destroyed. After raising funds from the parish community, the decision came forth to build a new church. Foundations were laid on a new location on September 7,2002, in the church there is a womens auxiliary, a church choir, a Macedonian language school with religious classes, a senior citizens club as well as a folk dance group. Within the lower level of the building there is a banquet hall. St. Ilija participates in annual cultural city events such as Carassauga, the church also owns St. Ilija Macedonian Park, a 12-hectare lot purchased for $350,000 CAD located near Derry Rd & Hurontario St in Mississauga
5. St. Jude's Cathedral (Iqaluit) – St. Judes Cathedral is the Anglican cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of The Arctic, which covers the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and it has the greatest area of any Anglican diocese in the world. The cathedral is also the church for the parish of Iqaluit and holds services in English. The current building, informally referred to as the Igloo Cathedral, was opened on June 3,2012, the unique building, in the shape of an igloo, has traditionally been a landmark and tourist attraction in Iqaluit, besides its important spiritual role for Iqalummiut. The original St. Judes Cathedral had been designed by Ronald Thom in 1970 and it was demolished in June 2006 after an arson fire in November 2005 destroyed much of the structure. Diocese of The Arctic CBC North - Igloo church damaged by weekend fire CBC North - Update Anglican Church of Canada report on the fire Photos of cathedral reconstruction
6. St. Paul's-Avenue Road United Church – St. Pauls-Avenue Road United Church was a church in downtown Toronto. It was founded in the 1870s, St. Pauls Methodist Church and its home on Avenue Road just north of Bloor Street in the Yorkville community, was built in 1877. With church union in 1925, it became St. Pauls United and in 1930 it merged with the nearby Avenue Road, originally the church was that of many of Torontos elite, but the church began to decline in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1980 the congregation merged with Trinity United Church on Bloor, the congregation was based in the former Trinity building, and St. Pauls was sold to developers. An acclaimed heritage property, there were years of debate over what could be done with the structure. The developers hoped to demolish it, but this was blocked by the community and city council, the church became a gallery for the arts and music for several years. In 1995, the building was destroyed by fire, the destruction of the church, leaving it open for development, tripled the value of the property overnight. The insurance company refused to pay for the damage after it found evidence that the fire was deliberate, the property was developed and today a retirement home known as Hazelton Place stands in the location. List of United Church churches in Toronto Fire guts landmark former church Avenue Rd. site designated as historical in 1979, peter Edwards Toronto Star. Apr 25,1995
7. St. George's (Round) Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The church’s architect remains a mystery, but Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn is believed to have been highly involved in the design process. It is located at the corner of Brunswick and Cornwallis Streets in the North End district, the church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1983 given its associations with the early history of Halifax and its Palladian architecture. The congregation of the Round Church was founded at the much smaller Little Dutch Church, located just a few blocks north at the corner of Brunswick and these foreign Protestants”, who were among the founding members of Halifax, started construction on the Little Dutch Church in 1756. These settlers used a house they had acquired after trading lumber and converted it into a one-room church, construction on the pioneer church was finished in 1758 and the steeple and belfry were later added in 1760. The congregation was extremely poor, but they wanted a German Lutheran minister. Services were originally held in German, preached by laypersons and were of an evangelical Lutheran bent, in order to keep their minister, the only option the congregation was presented with was by fulfilling the conditions of the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel to gain their support. Thereby, the church became officially Anglican but retained its Lutheran traditions, just over 40 years later, the congregation outgrew the LDC and work on The Round Church began. At the end of the 18th century, Halifax was a colonial outpost that lacked aesthetically pleasing public buildings, Prince Edward, who was stationed with the Halifax garrison between 1794 and 1800, was determined to rectify this situation. Prince Edward, his elder brother Frederick and their father, George III supported preparations for the Round Church, George III was a particularly great contributor to the construction of the church with his £200 donation. Rev. George Wright held the first service on July 19,1801, there is also a plaque in the church commemorating the three crew members that died in the Invasion of Martinique. Although the chief architect of the Round Church is unknown, Prince Edward certainly had a hand in the design process. Prince Edward was stationed in Halifax between 1794 until 1800, during its time as a town, and he determined Halifax was in need of more beautiful architecture. Prince Edward designed in the Palladian style, which is influenced by the Greek. Edwards admiration of the style of building is further reflected in the Clock Tower, Martello Tower. St. Georges ceased to be entirely circular following the addition of the apsidal chancel, the entrance was later altered to be more square, which, although less in keeping with the Palladian style of architecture, allows for a more convenient and accessible entrance. There was talk of converting the entrance back to being round during the project of the 1980s. Additional information found related to the design, the Round Church was a reference to Saint Georges Anglican Church, Brunswick Street, HALIFAX, N. S. built 1800-04, burned 1994, rebuilt 1996-98. The cost of the church was high and the congregation, never wealthy and they insisted upon maintaining their German governing rules and that the church’s property remain in the hands of the elder and wardens – not the diocese