Sunday, May 10, 2009

Another beautiful old church gone forever...

One more landmark piece of time-story destroyed in the name of progress.

St. Joseph’s Church was, until this past Friday, located on the corner of Kaye and Gottingen streets in the North end of Halifax right next door to CFB Halifax, Stadacona...
In 1865 Daniel Sullivan, an alderman, donated a lot of land at the corner of Russell & Gottingen Streets, at a site he wanted a new Church to be built on to serve the needs of Catholics in the North end. The work was finished in 1867, and that year 50 families were members of this church.

On December 6th, 1917, the Halifax Explosion killed more than 400 of the parishioners, and completely destroyed the church. A basement church was created in 1920 and served the parish for the next 40 years. In 1932 there were 600 families worshiping there. The upper structure of St. Joseph’s Church was begun in 1959 and completed in 1961. In the 1950’s the parish had grown to about 1200 families, but by the time of its closure in 2006, the church population had decreased to about 150 families.

The property developer says that some stones salvaged from the church are going to be incorporated into the new condominium tower. What a loss.

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