Holy Name Parish – An Architectural Danforth Landmark

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1925 – This photo was taken during construction in September 1925 from the northeast corner of Danforth Ave and Gough Ave
1925 – This photo was taken during construction in September 1925 from the northeast corner of Danforth Ave and Gough Ave (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 6651)

Holy Name Parish is located at 71 Gough Ave (at Danforth Ave on the northeast corner) in the Greektown neighbourhood of Toronto.

Built from 1915 to 1926, the Roman Catholic church was originally known as the Church of the Holy Name. It was designed by architect Arthur W Holmes in the Renaissance style using Indiana stone. The church was the first in the city to be made entirely of cut stone laid using the broken ashler technique, where the height and length of the stone vary. Steps at each end of the church’s Danforth Ave facade lead to the main entrance. Inscribed over the front doors in Latin is “In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur,” which means “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend.”

World War I delayed the construction of the church. In March 1926, the 1050-seat Church of the Holy Name was formally opened and dedicated. When completed, the cost of the church was approximately $250,000.

Today known as Holy Name Parish, the church building received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1976.

Did You Know?

  • The parish was established in 1913.
  • Holy Name Church was designed in the style of The Papal Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
  • When construction began on the church in 1915, Gough Ave was known as Moscow Ave. By the time the first service was held in 1926, the street had been renamed Gough Ave.

Holy Name Parish Photos

2022 - Holy Name Parish is located at 71 Gough Ave and Danforth Ave on the northeast corner in the Greektown neighbourhood of Toronto
2022 – Holy Name Parish is located at 71 Gough Ave and Danforth Ave on the northeast corner in the Greektown neighbourhood of Toronto
1925 – This photo was taken during construction in September 1925 from the northeast corner of Danforth Ave and Gough Ave. Notice the dome over the main facade of the church has not yet been installed
1925 – This photo was taken during construction in September 1925 from the northeast corner of Danforth Ave and Gough Ave. Notice the dome over the main facade of the church has not yet been installed (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 6651)
2020 - Holy Name Parish is an architectural landmark along Danforth Ave
2020 – Holy Name Parish is an architectural landmark along Danforth Ave
A 1970s article shows a 1926 photo of Holy Name Parish
A 1970s article shows a 1926 photo of Holy Name Parish (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 119, Item 103)
2021 - The dome over the facade of Holy Name Parish at 71 Gough Ave in the Greektown neighbourhood
2021 – The dome over the facade of Holy Name Parish at 71 Gough Ave in the Greektown neighbourhood
1926 – Looking northeast toward the Church of the Holy Name at Gough Ave and Danforth Ave. Gough Ave was formerly known as Moscow Ave
1926 – Looking northeast toward the Church of the Holy Name at Gough Ave and Danforth Ave. Gough Ave was formerly known as Moscow Ave (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0111094F)
2022 – Looking north towards the main facade of Holy Name Parish from Danforth Ave. Notice the stones were laid using the broken ashler technique, where the height and length of the stone vary
2022 – Looking north towards the main facade of Holy Name Parish from Danforth Ave. Notice the stones were laid using the broken ashler technique, where the height and length of the stone vary
2022 – The cornerstone reads: 

"Church of the Holy Name 
Nov. 14 1915"
2022 – The cornerstone reads:

“Church of the Holy Name
Nov. 14 1915″
Between 1980 and 1992 – Holy Name Parish is located at 71 Gough Ave and Danforth Ave
Between 1980 and 1992 – Holy Name Parish is located at 71 Gough Ave and Danforth Ave (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 417, Item 24)
2021 – The south façade of the Holy Name Parish. Architect Arthur W Holmes designed the church in the Renaissance style
2021 – The south façade of the Holy Name Parish. Architect Arthur W Holmes designed the church in the Renaissance style
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