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St. George's Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada

1101 Stanley Street, Montréal, Quebec, H3B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/02/23

View of an entrance of St. George's Anglican Church, showing the rusticated stone exterior, 1995.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, P. St. Jacques, 1995.
Detail view
View of St. George's Anglican Church from a distance, showing its location in downtown Montréal, 1995.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, P. St. Jacques, 1995.
Exterior view
General view of St. George's Anglican Church, showing the original placement, design and materials of doors and windows, 1995.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, P. St. Jacques, 1995.
Exterior view

Other Name(s)

St. George's Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada
St. George's Anglican Church
Église anglicane St. George

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1869/01/01 to 1870/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/06/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

St. George’s Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada is a stone, Gothic Revival style building located amongst office blocks in the centre of Montréal, Quebec. Set under a steep gable roof, the church is a picturesque arrangement of asymmetrical forms built to a cruciform plan. Its open timber roof is a distinctive interior feature. Official recognition refers to the building on its legal lot.

Heritage Value

St. George’s Anglican Church was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1990 because:
- it is a fine example of the High Victorian phase of the Gothic Revival style.

Constructed in 1869-1870 to plans by well-known architect William Tutin Thomas, this Anglican church is a skillful arrangement of asymmetrical forms, and displays a variety of picturesque visual effects. The rusticated stone cladding, typical of the High Victorian phase of the Gothic Revival style, adds to the richness to the exterior by providing texture, as well as enhancing the various sculpted details, evidenced in the complicated window mouldings. Interior features include the apsidal chancel, the unusual polygonal transept with door, and the main entrance situated on the west end, instead of through a north porch.

Sources: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, February 1990, June 1992, July 1995.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements contributing to the heritage character of this site include:
- its prominent location in the centre of Montréal;
- the cruciform massing set under a steep gabled roof with the asymmetrically placed bell tower, transept and chancel;
- the rusticated stone exterior;
- the deep set main entrance through a portal on the west end;
- the Gothic Revival style features including crenellations, blind arcades, string courses, piers, rosettes, buttresses and pinnacles;
- the original placement, design and materials of doors and windows including the use of stained glass and the elaborately sculpted window mouldings;
- the interior plan with nave, side aisles, polygonal transept, and apsidal chancel;
- the Gothic Revival style interior with its open double hammer-beam roof, and High Victorian wooden interior decorative features and furnishings.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date

1990/02/23

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1893/01/01 to 1894/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

William Tutin Thomas

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

657

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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