Toronto’s architectural gems—St. Mary’s alterations nearly completed

In August of 2012, I placed a post on this blog about St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Bathurst and Adelaide Streets. At the time, it was undergoing extensive alterations. This magnificent structure crowns Adelaide Street West, when gazing westward toward Bathurst. It is a pity that Adelaide is a one-way street going eastbound, as drivers are never able to view the church as its builders intended. It is a historic building, built between the years 1883 to 1889. I consider its tower to be the most beautiful and impressive in the city.

The restoration of the church is nearing completion. I have photographed it during the various stages of the work. The scaffolding has now been entirely removed, except on the south facade. The church appears as beautiful today as when it first opened its doors on 17 February 1889. If you have never visited this amazing structure, take the time enter the interior and view the splendid wooden ceiling, which soars 65 feet above the nave. St. Mary’s is an amazing space, where one is able to sit quietly, examine the architecture, or pray.

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The church in the summer of 2012, with scaffolding on the tower and hoarding around the base, obscuring the entrance.


Church with scaffolding partially removed from the tower, but the east facade remaining covered.


The church in March of 2013, with all scaffolding removed except from the south side of the structure.

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