Sr. Pauline Lally and Mac Gervan receive the Livable City Award from Kingston Mayor Harvey Rosen.
The extensive restoration project at Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel has received top marks from judges involved in this year’s Livable City Design Award competition, sponsored by the City of Kingston.
The two year restoration project, initiatated by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, was named a winner in the category Historic Preservation and Restoration.
In their report, the judges commented “The building is a treasure of both City-wide and Provincial significance.”
Kingston firm, Mac Gervan and Associates Ltd., was commissioned to restore the chapel which was originally built in 1898. Over a century later, the Chapel still serves its original function as a worship centre.
Many original features of the church were restored and that fact didn’t get lost on the judges, who refer to it in their report.
“Knowledgeable and skilled craftsmen were employed to restore the stained glass windows, to lay the slate roof, and to bend and weld the copper flashings and gutters. The restoration of the 1898 Casavant pipe organ was carried out after the major building restoration. It was recently declared an historic instrument by the Royal College of Organists.”
Long time Kingston residents and civic activist Helen Finley nominated the Chapel, after attending the re-dedication of the Chapel in 2004.
Forty-one buildings were nominated for the Awards in various categories. Overall, judges were impressed by the number of projects that incorporated green building elements and sustainable features. They also noted the national importance of the heritage architecture in Kingston — something the City and its residents should continue to protect and promote.
Left to right – Ron Henderson, Andrew Hill, Lindsay Lambert (Heritage planner City of Kingston), Sister of Providence Catherine Cannon, Helen Finley, Marcus Letourneau (Senior Heritage planner City of Kingston) and Hazel Fotheringham. Ron, Andrew, Hazel and Helen are volunteers with the Historic Properties Research Group which assists the City in researching properties for heritage designation.