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Holy Rosary Cathedral

Photo Credit: Bob Hare

Address

646 RICHARDS St, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Downtown

Type

Religious

Protection

D

Significance

A

Description

This French Gothic style cathedral was constructed from 1899-1900. It was designed by Thomas Ennor Julian in what was then the city’s edge, and it was necessary to mortgage the Oblate Order’s General House in France to fund the construction. It has served as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary since 1916.

The Cathedral is a classic cruciform structure with narthex, nave, transepts and an apsidal chancel. Norman columns support the nave arcades which in turn support a Gothic tunnel vault. The columns are finished with a highly polished, red Scagliola marble. Between 1995-1997, the Cathedral was re-roofed with zinc imitating slate. Upgrades have been done to the stonework at the front entrance and sides as well as the pillars and floor.

There is stained glass by Charles Champigneulle of Paris and Guido Nicheri of Montreal. Nincheri is one of the most prolific religious artists in Canada. Windows by Nicheri were commissioned in 1941 and completed in 1954.

Source

Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide (Harold Kalman and Robin Ward), Vancouver Heritage Inventory Phase II 1986 Summary Report