St. Michael's Cathedral

Referenced in Terry Murray's Faces on Places for its exterior architectural sculptures, St. Michael's Cathedral is located in Toronto's Garden District, not too far from the Metropolitan United Church. Since it was originally constructed by William Thomas in 1845-1848, the building has undergone two major renovations: the completion of the tower and spire was done by firm Gundry & Langley in 1865-1867, and the addition of dormers was done by Joseph Connolly in 1890.

The interior of the church, divided into a large nave and two tall aisles, is lavishly decorated. The tall arcade, supported by graceful colonnettes, gives the interior space a feeling of openness and adds to the grand sense of scale that the building imposes.


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