Necropolis Chapel, Toronto

Necropolis Chapel, Toronto

The Gothic Revival styled Necropolis Chapel was built in 1872 by Henry Langley. Located at 200 Winchester Street, at the edge of Don Valley in the Cabbagetown neighborhood, Toronto, this chapel fits into the surrounding context of heritage conservation. The name Necropolis translates into City of the Dead and is the first non-sectarian cemetery. This chapel has a patterned gable roof with pitched gables raising high to a sharp ridge. Two different patterns of slate cover the roof and give it a unique multicolored appearance. The chapel has detailed trefoils, rich wrought iron-worked fences and a pointed barrel stone vault marking the entrance, leading to the central area of the chapel.

On the east side is a square tower which gives the edifice a picturesque, asymmetrical appearance and seems to shift the center of gravity of the structure and gives it an ascending diagonal axis. The structure is majorly built with yellow-bricks and has a jagged and pointed contour due to the steep roof and the tower. The eaves of the porch and barge-boards of the gables of the caretaker’s house and main gate are decorated with white sawn wood ornaments.

In the mortuary chapel lie the remains of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie and one of the fathers of Confederation, George Brown. This chapel has been maintained and preserved beautifully over the time.

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Sight Name: Necropolis Chapel
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Cabbagetown Walking Tour  

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