Monday 7 April 2014

Archives Awareness Week in Ontario: Name that Church!

This is the poster we displayed at the Catholic Pastoral Centre.  Scroll down for the answers.

For Archives Awareness Week, we decided to test your knowledge of church buildings in the Archdiocese of Toronto.  In addition, we wanted to highlight different types of archival records in our holdings, including photographs, slides, architectural drawings, artistic renderings, promotional materials, and ephemera. And, of course, we hoped to direct more people to our new blog.

Why these ten churches in particular?  ARCAT's digitization projects are largely driven by user demand. These are images we had scanned or photographed as a result of duplication requests.  The most common digitization orders are from parishes preparing for anniversary celebrations.

And now for the answers...

Corpus Christi Church, 16 Lockwood Rd.,Toronto
Front elevation from original set of blueprints, 1926
by J. Gibb Morton, architect
Architectural Drawings Special Collection, ARCH 008C
Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 10411 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill
Slide showing church sanctuary, 1986
Archdiocesan Parish Photographic Survey, PH 78/50
St. Clare Church, 1118 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
Photograph of front facade, 1963
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0055/19P

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 11 Peter St. South, Port Credit
Photograph of the new church (foreground) beside the old church (left), [1953]
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0155/07P
St. Paul's Basilica Church, 83 Power St., Toronto
Photograph taken from the balcony showing the barrel vaulted ceiling and sanctuary, [undated]
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0093/63CP
St. John the Evangelist Church, 903 Gifford St., Whitby
Postcard highlighting the church's cutting edge roof structure, [196-]
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0189/19PC
St. Basil's Church at the University of St. Michael's College, 50 St. Joseph St.,Toronto
Print of an engraving by Maclear & Co. Lithographers, 1855;  published in Ure's "Handbook of Toronto," 1858.
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0045/15P
St. Clare of Assisi Church, 150 St. Francis Ave., Woodbridge
Photograph of bell tower, 2008
ARCAT for Cultural Heritage Pilot Project
St. James' Church, 2118 Adjala-Tecumseth Townline, Colgan
Photograph of front exterior, 1963
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0137/23CP
St. Michael's Cathedral Church, 65 Bond St., Toronto
Photograph of lithograph depicting Bishop John J. Lynch giving the veil to a novice of the Loretto Convent
by G. A. Binkert; printed by W. C. Chewett and Co., [between 1860 and 1868]
Photographs Special Collection, PH 0001/165CP


  1. Very interesting. We must do more to preserve our churches and their history. Thank you.

  2. I was six for ten. I've even been to all six of those churches, and two of them were each my home parish for a time..