St Paul’s Basilica

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St Paul’s Basilica is located at 83 Power St (at Queen St E on the southeast corner) in the Corktown neighbourhood of Toronto.

The church was established in 1822 and is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Toronto. The first structure was in use from 1824 until the late 1880s.

Built on the same site as the original church, today’s structure was completed in 1889 at the cost of over $100,000. Architect Joseph Connolly designed the church in the Italian Renaissance style. Its tower was completed in 1905 and designed by architect Arthur William Holmes.

St Paul’s Basilica received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1973.

St Paul’s Basilica Photos   

2020 - St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St and Queen St E, southeast corner
2020 – St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St and Queen St E, southeast corner
1922 - Looking southeast towards St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St
1922 – Looking southeast towards St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St (Toronto Public Library TSPA_0111129F)
2021 - Looking at the west facade of St Paul's Basilica at Power St and Queen St E
2021 – Looking at the west facade of St Paul’s Basilica at Power St and Queen St E
1910 - Postcard of St Paul's Basilica
1910 – Postcard of St Paul’s Basilica (Toronto Public Library PC257)
2020 - The front entrance of St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St and Queen St E
2020 – The front entrance of St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St and Queen St E
1972 - Looking southeast from Queen St E towards St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St
1972 – Looking southeast from Queen St E towards St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 11, Item 29)
2021 - The statue of St Paul was placed above the centre door of St Paul’s Basilica in 1899
2021 – The statue of St Paul was placed above the centre door of St Paul’s Basilica in 1899
Sketch of St Paul's Roman Catholic Church – the tower was added in 1905
Sketch of St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church – the tower was added in 1905 (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson – 1904)
2020 - The beautiful tower at St Paul's Basilica was completed in 1905
2020 – The beautiful tower at St Paul’s Basilica was completed in 1905
1981 - Looking west along Queen St E towards St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St
1981 – Looking west along Queen St E towards St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 27, Item 1)
2021 - Looking west towards the back of St Paul's Basilica at Power St at Queen St E
2021 – Looking west towards the back of St Paul’s Basilica at Power St at Queen St E
2021 - Looking northeast towards St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St at Queen St E
2021 – Looking northeast towards St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St at Queen St E
2020 - St Paul's Basilica plaque
2020 – St Paul’s Basilica plaque
2020 - Statue at St Paul's Basilica at 83 Power St
2020 – Statue at St Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power St
1984 – A historical plaque of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto
1984 – A historical plaque of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 27, Item 16)
Sketch of the first St Paul's Roman Catholic Church in use from 1824 until the late 1880s
Sketch of the first St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in use from 1824 until the late 1880s (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson – 1904)
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