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Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel

1540, Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1981/01/26

Looking north-east from Queen Street East; City of Sault Ste. Marie
Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel, 2004
Looking north-west from Queen Street East; City of Sault Ste. Marie
Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel, 2005
Looking south-west from the laneway; City of Sault Ste. Marie
Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel, 2005

Other Name(s)

Shingwauk/Fauquier Chapel
Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1881/01/01 to 1883/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel is a small sandstone chapel built in 1881-1883 on the site of the Shingwauk School, a newly established school for First Nations boys in the Anglican Diocese of Algoma. It is in close proximity to an original cemetery of the same period and more recently is maintained as an integral part of the Algoma University/ Shingwauk University Complex.

The chapel has been recognized for its heritage value by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, By-Law 81-19. It is also protected by a municipal heritage conservation easement.

Heritage Value

The Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the first Bishop of Algoma following his death in 1881, is a unique example of ecclesiastical architecture in Sault Ste. Marie. Designed in a picturesque combination of Gothic and Tudor styles, the interior and exterior have remained essentially unaltered since its construction.

The Chapel is a reminder of the link between the Anglican Church and the First Nations of the Sault Ste. Marie area. It is the only surviving building of the original Shingwauk Indian Residential School and the oldest building on the current Algoma University College/ Shingwauk University site.

The Chapel is one of the many public and private landmarks built of red sandstone. In its natural setting overlooking the St. Marys River, it is a highly visible, unique and charming landmark of the area.

Sources: Sault Ste. Marie Designation By-law 81-19; Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel Designation Report

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that reflect the chapel’s value as a unique example of ecclesiastical architecture in Sault Ste. Marie include:
- the red sandstone walls, constructed of local, uncut fieldstone
- the Tudor style walls of the chapel, divided into squares and triangles by wooden beams that are built directly into the wall
- the high-pitched gable roofs, arched windows and entranceways, finials and belfry reminiscent of the Gothic style
- interior elements such as the round and stained glass lancet windows, oak panelling and pews and the carved text above each window




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Community Services Department, Recreation and Culture Division, City of Sault Ste. Marie

Cross-Reference to Collection

Sault Ste. Marie Museum; Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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