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Parks Canada

February 23, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Conservation of St. George's Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada

Parks Canada contributes to infrastructure improvements at site

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Judith Seidman, Senator, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at St. George's Anglican Church National Historic Site.

"Our Government plays a leadership role in the protection of Canada's heritage buildings and national historic sites," said Senator Seidman. "St. George's Anglican Church is a place of great historical value, and I am proud that, through Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, our Government is helping to preserve its unique character for years to come."

St. George's Anglican Church, located amongst office buildings in downtown Montréal, Quebec, was constructed in 1869-1870 and was the second Anglican congregation in Montréal, built to accommodate the overflow of parishioners from Christ Church Cathedral. It was designated a national historic site in 1990 as a strong example of the High Victorian phase of the Gothic Revival architecture. The church is a skillful arrangement of asymmetrical forms and displays a variety of picturesque visual effects, including rusticated stone cladding and various sculpted details.

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $425,000 to support the preservation of the portico and southeast gabled buttress of the church in addition to a comprehensive condition assessment of the exterior masonry.

"One of our Government's objectives is to inspire Canadians to develop strong and meaningful connections with Canada's national treasures," said Minister Kent. "Our national historic sites are vital to our history, our identity as Canadians, and our tourism industry. By investing in them and by building lasting relationships with the community groups that operate them, we ensure that they will continue to help support local economies and encourage more Canadians to explore and discover our national heritage."

"We are so very grateful to receive support for the maintenance of our magnificent building and historic site," said the Reverend Canon Ralph T. R. Leavitt, Rector of St.George's Anglican Church. "St. George's is a remarkable example of 19th century Gothic Revival church architecture and the front portico restoration marks a significant milestone in the continuing care of our rich architectural heritage."

The Cost-Sharing Program reflects Parks Canada's dedication to preserve Canada's heritage through funding towards the conservation of national historic sites. Parks Canada is pleased to continue its efforts to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Adam Sweet
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of the Environment
    819-997-1441

    Media Relations
    Parks Canada
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