St. James-the-less Chapel, Toronto

St. James-the-less Chapel, Toronto

The Chapel of St. James-the-less is a High Victorian Gothic Revival style funeral chapel built in 1860 by F.W. Cumberland and Storm which is located in downtown Toronto. In 1990, the city declared the Chapel as a National Historic site. Edward, Prince of Wales planted a peach tree at the entrance of the Chapel during his visit in 1919. This church situated on a slight rise is made from materials like Georgetown grey sandstone, Ohio stone trim, slate, white brick and has a small parish, a soaring spire, short and square bell tower, rough-cut stone walls, steeply pitched roof, low eaves, and intricate woodwork with a nave, porch, tower and transept. The non-denominational chapel fulfils its vocation as a consecrated “mortuary chapel.” The chapel provides a picturesque view of its cemetery which was built in 1844, due its slight elevation. There are about 20 historic burial sites which are shown on guided tours around the chapel and cemetery where photography is permitted. The cemetery’s records were made on paper traditionally but are now scanned and stored in appropriately. .

As a non-profit organization, this Chapel collects revenue and invests it into its own development and maintenance. The regular lifecycle program takes care of the maintenance and repairs of the chapel. In 2002, a major refurbishment was done wherein the stone work was cleaned and woodwork re-varnished, the stained glass and furniture was also sent for repair and cleaning. The Chapel and crematorium were closed during this period. The renovated Chapel is now open for visitors from all over the world.

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Sight Name: St. James-the-less Chapel
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Cabbagetown Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

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Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Toronto's Waterfront Self-guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Downtown Nightlife Part 1

Downtown Nightlife Part 1

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Toronto's Historic Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

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