St. Paul's Catholic Church
Mission First Nations Reserve
"Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church (Originally known as Sacred Heart Church.) (REF. 2) National Historic Site of Canada, with its twin spires and Gothic Revival style, is a local landmark located on the fifteen hectare Mission First Nations Reserve on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet, (Eslha7an Village) (REF. 2) across from the Vancouver Harbour. It is situated within the Mission Reserve, surrounded by housing and public buildings and adjacent to a ‘Celebration of Creation Garden,’ created for the Squamish Nation Elders in 1998. Official recognition refers to the church on its footprint.
- it is an example of the Gothic Revival Style in Canada.
The commemorate the 1884 building, the history of the church,
the 1979-1983 renovation, and the 2013 restoration.
- its setting on the Mission Reserve surrounded by community housing and public buildings;
- views across Burrard Inlet to Vancouver;
- its cruciform plan and symmetrical massing;
- the twin 26-metre-high ornate spires that project from the front elevation;
- the wood shingled roof with wooden detailing at the soffit level;
- the wooden crosses on top of both spires and over each gable end;
- the wood construction and clapboard cladding;
- the symmetrical fenestration with Gothic arched windows in single, double and triple assembly, some with stained glass, as well as rosette stained glass windows;
- the wooden, twin pilaster surrounds for the principle doors located at the base of the spires;
- the semi-circular chapels;
- the wall and two chancel columns retained from the 1884 structure;
- surviving original mill work in the interior, including the pews."(Link.)
Thank you: To Father John J. Brioux, OMI, St. Paul's Parish, Oblates of Mary
Immaculate for permission to photograph the church and for the
booklet "Mission on the Inlet".
Photos: Taken in November 2014 by SW.
Reference 1: "Sources: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada,
Minutes, June 1981, November 1983, February 1990.
Reference 2: "North Shore News", Nov. 30, 2014, "Stately landmark returned
Reference 3: "Mission on the Inlet, St. Paul's Indian Catholic Church, North
Vancouver, B.C. 1863-1984."
Link 1: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=12683
Link 2: http://www2.cnv.org/