from the Architect
building program for St. James Anglican Church was first presented to the
Congregation in February, 1963, and envisioned a three phase planned
development. Phase I of course was the new Parish Hall which was
completed in 1965 and served to extend the facilities of the old Hall (not
to replace them). Phase II provided for the demolition of the old
church and the erection of a new church. Finally Phase III was to complete
the program by replacing the old Parish Hall with a new wing to provide
Classroom facilities for the Sunday School.
are now completing Phase II a year in advance of the date envisioned in
the original report. This is an achievement of which the people of
St. James Church can be very proud, and is due in no small part to the
wonderful 5pirit and enthusiasm which has prevailed.
consideration was given to the siting of a new church building it was
apparent that the old St. James would have to give way. However,
when the time for decision came the Architect could not discount the
original recommendations made in his 1963 report.
St. James was a unique structure in that it contained in its fabric the
original old school house built in 1857 and four subsequent additions
which finally accounted for a nave 90 feet by 21 feet wide. Unusual
dimensions for a nave, to say the least, but perhaps this was part of the
charm of old St. James.
new church now incorporates within its roof structure the original chancel
end and 22 feet of the old nave. This was achieved by placing the
main body of the new church on an east-west axis and arranging the
centreline of the church crossing to coincide with the north-south axis of
the old church. In this way the old chancel end becomes a small
chapel (seating capacity - 40) and in plan form occupies the position of a
this same axis and in the position of a north transept will be found the
Church Vestry and Office.
main body of the Church is contained in a rectangular plan form 121 feet
long by 65 feet wide. Within this space the nave and chancel end are
enclosed by a main roof structure consisting of rigid laminated wood
arches and 3" thick T & G plank decking.
is to be noted that the arches have a maximum height and span (44' and 50'
respectively) at the crossing and are reduced at each bay as they approach
the east and west ends.
purpose behind this arrangement of the roof structure was twofold.
First to create the interior space, which for the congregation seated in
the nave, would be an experience of a widening horizon, symbolizing the
even expanding horizon of our Christian outlook; and having created a
feeling of space by an upward and outward view of the crossing from the
nave, then once again to redirect the visual thoughts of the congregation
to the chancel end with its slight taper towards the sanctuary, the altar
and the cross.
twofold purpose of the design concept also gave recognition to the
importance of achieving an external expression of a building erected
specifically for the worship of God. The roof lines towards the
crossing of the church and culminating in a beautiful Spire is, intended
to express the heavenly direction of worship, in words of prayer and songs
mentioned the spire it is interesting to note that the original intention
was to use conventional steel framing. wood sheathing and copper
cladding. However, it was found possible to have the entire steeple
(45'-0') moulded in fibreglass and this proved a very interesting and
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