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St. Luke's Anglican Church

Address:130 Nassau Street North
Woodman and Carey,
C.W. Chivers

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St. Luke's Anglican Church, an example of Late Gothic Revival design, was developed in stages over a 10-year period under different architects: C.S. Bridgman (1904-05, 1909-10) and Woodman and Carey (1913-14). The unified building is a solid, horizontal structure in the manner of English parish churches. There is an expressive use of materials in the church's fine stonework and elements such as oversized buttresses. The church features a tower, broad pointed windows, Gothic detailing and a large parish hall. The interior includes a wooden rood screen designed by architect C.W.U. Chivers and stained-glass windows by Robert McCausland Ltd., of Toronto and Morris and Co. of England. St. Luke's is one of four pre-1914 churches on Nassau Street, serving Fort Rouge and Crescentwood neighbourhoods.

Design Characteristics

  • - moderately low, sprawling form incorporating two distinct components: the elongated church with a front bell tower and various ancillary volumes and the high, rectangular one-and-a-half-storey parish hall
  • - highly varied roofline, punctuated by the tower, tall stone chimneys and gable dormers, including long flared gable roofs, hipped, flared pyramidal and flat roofs over subsidiary volumes
  • - exceptional stonework throughout, including rusticated limestone walls, buttresses, pilasters, window surrounds, contrasted by smooth-cut stone details such as banding elements, offsets, etc.
  • Key elements that define the heritage character of the church include:
  • - the formal entrance tower with its large diagonal buttresses, crenellated parapet and double doors beneath a stone pediment and Latin cross
  • - the major Gothic Revival features, including doors, windows and belfry openings in pointed arches, wooden tracery in windows and transoms, heavy buttresses at corners and along walls, etc.
  • - other fine details, such as the tower's inset stone clocks, modillioned cornice and inscribed cornerstone, stone foils, metal door hardware, modestly adorned dormer bargeboards, etc.
  • - the largely unaltered interior layout of a front vestibule, the nave with a high vaulted ceiling and wide centre aisle, a raised chancel and altar, side vestibules, offices, hallways, basement staircases, etc.
  • - the nave's arched-brace ceiling with hammerbeams, with planks laid diagonally and darkly stained
  • - the continuation of Gothic motifs, including smooth plaster walls articulated by pointed arched arcades with piers, pointed arches with carved detailing above the chancel, doorways and recessed windows, etc.
  • - the exquisite features and finishes, including the stained-glass windows, the carved wooden rood screen and reredos, the oak-panelled chancel and other dark-stained woodwork throughout
  • Source: Historic Places Canada

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