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About St. Pauls

We are so grateful for all that God has given us in the past and look forward with hope and excitement to the future that God is preparing.

History of St. Paul’s Bloor Street

In 1841, the Rev. Alexander Sanson, Rector of St. John’s Church York Mills, believed it was time to open a church in the city of York. Rev. Charles Matthews opened St. Paul’s in 1842, and the parish had about 100 people. By 1858, it had a growing community, leading to the construction of a new building with the capacity for a bigger congregation.

The church continued to grow and evolve, and in 1910, it became the regimental church for the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, a regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. Outside of St. Paul’s stands the Cross of Sacrifice, built after the First World War to commemorate members of QOR who had died in combat.

In 1909, the construction of a bigger church started as more and more people made St. Paul’s their home. It was then reopened in 1913. During the First World War, many men and women of St. Paul’s served our country. When you visit St. Paul’s today, you will see many of the memorials, stained glass windows, and other tributes in memory of those who lost their lives.

In 2002, the two separate buildings that made up the church were connected by a beautiful renovation that ended in 2006. Named the “Nehemiah Project,” this massive renovation symbolized bringing the old and new together into a unified whole.

St. Paul’s has been a welcoming space in the heart of Toronto for almost 200 years and is today the largest Anglican Church in Toronto. We are a diverse and growing community of people learning how to follow Jesus in the heart of our global city. We would love to have you join us.

History of the building

In 1842, the building was opened and was home to a parish of 100 people. It was constructed out of wood and was only 30 by 40 feet. As the community grew, the building quickly needed to be expanded. In 1858, construction began on a new church made of stone, which had the capacity for a bigger congregation.

After the Rev. Canon Henry John Cody was appointed Rector in 1907, the congregation continued to grow, and by 1909, a renovation was required to accommodate more people. In 1927, Cody Hall was built in memory of Henry Cody’s son Maurice, who tragically passed away.

By 2002, St. Paul’s consisted of three separate buildings: the ‘Old Church’ (1860), the ‘New Church’ (1913), and ‘Cody Hall’ (1928). A renovation named the “Nehemiah Project” connected all buildings and symbolized bringing the old and new together into a unified whole. The project was completed in 2006 by Black and Moffat Architects, Inc., and it won a Heritage Toronto award in 2007.

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