I came upon St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church as I did one of my walks about town. I spent some time enjoying this remarkable structure located on James Street. There is some wonderful background on the church in the Raise the Hammer article titled First-Rate Gothic: A Look at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton written by Malcolm Thurlby. I am begging that if you have any interest at all in the details of Gothic Architecture as it was explored in southern Ontario in the day, that my readers refer to this article. Excellent!
I spent some time admiring the beauty of several buildings in Hamilton. Snapshots of an earlier day, tell the story of a determined people in a hard working town. My great grandparents regularly attended church and I think that this was a foundation for the strength that I so admire in my family. In my brief stay in Hamilton, I was able to take a good look at some of the buildings that remain. A few older photographs were found in an archive titled “Concerning the Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church and Congregation in Hamilton, Ontario 1854 – 1904”.
“At the south-east corner of the church there is a large Celtic Cross – The Cross of Sacrifice. It was carved in Scotland and placed here in 1921 to commemorate those of the congregation who had fallen in battle (St. Paul’s, Undated). Near Remembrance Day you will find wreaths and poppies at the base of the cross and the church holds a Service of Remembrance on the Sunday closest to November 11th each year.”
The most detailed examination of the architecture of this particular building comes from a 1993 publication called The Bulletin: Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, an article written by Alan Seymour and Walter Peace.