St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church

St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church is located at 103 Bellevue Ave (at College St on the southeast corner) in Toronto’s Kensington Market/Harbord Village neighbourhoods.

Built in 1858, the entire property was valued at $30,000. Architect Thomas Fuller designed the red brick and stone-faced Anglican church in the Early English Gothic style. It had a seating capacity of 600. When the church was built, it was surrounded by fields, hence the name.

In 1865, a fire swept through the church. All that remained were its brick walls. That same year, architects Gundry & Langley rebuilt the church, keeping the original church’s design features. A rectory was also built.

In 1878, with a growing congregation, additions and alterations were made by architect Richard Cunningham Windeyer. In 1905, electricity was installed in the church.

St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1973 and Ontario Heritage Trust in 1977.

St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church Photos

2021 – Looking east from Bellevue Ave at the front of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at 103 Bellevue Ave and College St - built in 1858
2021 – Looking east from Bellevue Ave at the front of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at 103 Bellevue Ave and College St – built in 1858
1954 - Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church
1954 – Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church (Toronto Public Library R-4393)
1858 - Painting of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at Bellevue Ave and College St, looking northeast
1858 – Painting of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at Bellevue Ave and College St, looking northeast (City of Toronto Archives, Ontario Historical Board Fonds, Fonds 2043, Series 2523, File 131, Item 21)
2019 - St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at 103 Bellevue Ave and College St, southeast corner
2019 – St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at 103 Bellevue Ave and College St, southeast corner
1908 - Looking southeast from College St towards St Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at 103 Bellevue Ave
1908 – Looking southeast from College St towards St Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at 103 Bellevue Ave (Toronto Public Library R-4466)
2021 – A lancet-shaped window on the north side of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at Bellevue Ave and College St, southeast corner
2021 – A lancet-shaped window on the north side of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at Bellevue Ave and College St, southeast corner
Between 1971 and 1991 - Looking west along College St towards the church with the No. 8 Hose Station/Toronto Fire Station 315 in the background
Between 1971 and 1991 – Looking west along College St towards the church with the No. 8 Hose Station/Toronto Fire Station 315 in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Ontario Historical Board Fonds, Fonds 2043, Series 2523, File 131, Item 19)
Sketch of St Stephen's Church at 103 Bellevue Ave
Sketch of St Stephen’s Church at 103 Bellevue Ave (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson – 1904)
2019 – Looking southwest from College St at the side of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at 103 Bellevue Ave
2019 – Looking southwest from College St at the side of St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church at 103 Bellevue Ave
1911 - Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church and College St
1911 – Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen-In-The-Fields Church and College St (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 7250)
Sketch of St Stephen's Church interior at 103 Bellevue Ave
Sketch of St Stephen’s Church interior at 103 Bellevue Ave (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson – 1904)
1895 - St Stephen Church interior at 103 Bellevue Ave
1895 – St Stephen Church interior at 103 Bellevue Ave (Toronto Public Library R-4453)
1940 - Painting of the south side of St Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church and the front of the No. 8 Hose Station/Toronto Fire Station 315 on Bellevue Ave
1940 – Painting of the south side of St Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church and the front of the No. 8 Hose Station/Toronto Fire Station 315 on Bellevue Ave (Toronto Public Library R-4453)
1890s - Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen Church
1890s – Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen Church (Toronto Public Library R-412)
1865 - Looking southeast from College St and Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen-in-the-Fields after a fire gutted the church - architects Gundry & Langley rebuilt the church keeping its original design features
1865 – Looking southeast from College St and Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen-in-the-Fields after a fire gutted the church – architects Gundry & Langley rebuilt the church keeping its original design features (Toronto Public Library R-4427)
1868 - Looking southeast from College St towards St Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church
1868 – Looking southeast from College St towards St Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church (Toronto Public Library R-4425)
1880 - Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen Church
1880 – Looking northeast from Bellevue Ave towards St Stephen Church (Toronto Public Library R-4449)
2019 - St Stephen-In-The-Fields Anglican Church plaque at 103 Bellevue Ave
2019 – St Stephen-In-The-Fields Anglican Church plaque at 103 Bellevue Ave
SOURCE