Proposed St. Clare’s Church

Hands down one of my favourite buildings in the city.

From the Border Cities Star September 4, 1930:

    This is an architect’s drawing of the new St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church, which
    will rise in the near future on Tecumseh Road, between Pelissier street and Victoria
    avenue. The church is modernistic in design, and will be unique in this respect in the
    Border Cities, and perhaps in Canada. The main entrance will front Tecumseh Road,
    but there will also be entrances from Pelissier street and Victoria avenue. The new
    Church, which will replace the old one of the same name on Bruce avenue, will be of
    steel and concrete construction, with vitreous brick facing. The proposed new rectory
    is shown at the right. Rev. E.G. Doe, M.C. is pastor of St. Clare’s. … Albert J. Lothian,
    architect, … designed the new church. Tenders for construction work will be called
    when the plans and specifications are completed.

Every time I pass this beauty, I am grateful for the congregation of St. Peter’s who saved the building from the demolition that was being proposed by the diocese at the time.


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