ST. RAPHAEL'S RUINS -- St. Raphael, Ontario
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N 45° 12.722 W 074° 35.836
18T E 531624 N 5006583
Quick Description: Ruins of St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, only the massive stone walls remain after the fire of 1970.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 7:37:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM97V8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
St. Raphael's Ruins
In 1970 a fire consumed the church of St. Raphael's, one of the earliest Roman Catholic churches in English-speaking Canada. Fortunately the outer walls were spared and today its impressive scale and fine masonry work continue to attract the tourists to the site. The Ruins were declared a National Historic Site in 1999.

The Fire
In 1970 a fire destroyed St Raphael's roof, its 1830's tower and all of its interior decorations. Fortunately the outer walls were spared and thus its plan, its impressive scale and its fine masonry work - three physical characteristics of Macdonell's church - remain. The parishioners of St Raphael's decided to preserve the ruin and build an unobtrusive modern church against its southwest corner. The original structure was designated as Heritage property 1974 under the Ontario Heritage Act and an Ontario Heritage Foundation Grant supported the work of consolidation.

Despite the church's loss of original purpose, its stark silhouette against the rural landscape of Glengarry County powerfully engages the minds of all who see it, evoking those early days in the history of the Church and preserving the memory of those intrepid settlers.

The Ruins was declared a National Historic Site in 1999.

In 1994 an independent body of local Glengarrians, The Friends of the Ruins St. Raphael's Inc; was formed as a non-profit body dedicated solely to raising funds to stabilize the walls of the Ruins in order that they may be a permanent monument to the people of one of the founding settlements of the Canadian nation.

The stabilization goal has been reached.

Excerpts from Historic sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Agenda Paper 1996-1 written by Jacqueline Hucker, Historical Services Branch
Type: Ruin

Fee: free, although donation is encouraged

Visitors are welcome to tour the site. Gates are open during the day in the summer months with a curator on duty in July and August..

Related URL: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Original photographs showing additional views of the Ruin/Remnant or even just its current condition are encouraged. Please describe your visit, especially if no additional photos are available. Did you like the Ruin or Remnant? What prompted you to see the Ruin or Remnant?
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