Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall
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1923/01/01 to 1924/01/01
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall is a two-storey stone Gothic Revival building located east of the Christ Church Cathedral on the corner of Vancouver Street and Rockland Avenue in the Fairfield neighbourhood of Victoria. It is one of four historic buildings on the city block bounded by Quadra Street, Rockland Avenue, Vancouver Street and Burdett Avenue.
Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall is valued for its architecture, its position in the church complex master plan, its architect, and its continuing use for religious educational functions.
The Memorial Hall is valued as an example of Gothic Revival ecclesiastical architecture. The style, which originated in mid-18th century England, grew in popularity in the 19th century, reviving medieval forms in contrast to the Classical styles prevalent at that time. The Memorial Hall was designed to compliment the adjoining Cathedral, and to continue the logical evolution of the medieval-style church as part of a master plan.
Designed by John Charles Malcolm Keith, the architect for the adjoining Cathedral, and completed before construction of the Cathedral began, the Memorial Hall was intended for use as a church hall. Originally designed to connect to the Cathedral via a small structure on the west end (never built), the Memorial Hall included an auditorium, classrooms for Sunday School, a workroom, guild room, recreation hall and synod office for the church. The Memorial Hall was a memorial to those who had fallen in World War I, while the auditorium was a memorial to Bishop George Hills, the first Anglican Bishop of British Columbia. Ground was broken in 1923, and although plans called for facing in Newcastle Island stone to match the Cathedral, considerable funds were saved by using rubble stone instead.
The Hall was used for church functions and offices until it was converted to an independent religious school in 1989.
Sources: City of Victoria Planning Department
The heritage character of the Memorial Hall is defined by the following elements:
- characteristics of the Gothic Revival style, including rough stone construction, stone steps to entrance, belfry with Christian cross
- relationship with Christ Church Cathedral, Yarrow Chapel and the Deanery as part of the Cathedral complex
- main entrance doorway with name on overmantle
- form and pattern of fenestration
- leaded windows
- location close to lot line with little setback
- continuing use for religious education
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.967
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Religious Institution
Architect / Designer
John Charles Malcolm Keith
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Victoria Planning Department
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