St. James Anglican Church (Vancouver)

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St. James' Anglican Church
(third and present building)
St James Anglican Church.jpg
St. James' Anglican Church in 2007
49°16′57″N 123°05′50″W / 49.28249°N 123.09727°W / 49.28249; -123.09727Coordinates: 49°16′57″N 123°05′50″W / 49.28249°N 123.09727°W / 49.28249; -123.09727
Location Vancouver, British Columbia
Country Canada
Denomination Anglican Church of Canada
Founder(s) James Raymur
Events Great Vancouver Fire

Adrian Gilbert Scott

Sharp and Thompson, associate architects
Style Art Deco
Byzantine Revival
Gothic Revival
Romanesque Revival
Completed Summer 1937/Third bldg.
Materials Reinforced Concrete
Slate Roof
Bells Full peal of fixed bells
Deanery Kingsway
Archdeaconry Burrard
Diocese New Westminster
Province Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon
Bishop(s) The Right Rev'd Melissa Skelton, Bishop of New Westminster
Rector The Rev'd Canon Kevin Hunt
Assistant priest(s)

The Rev'd Fr. Matthew Johnson, Street Outreach Initiative

The Rev'd Mother Lucy Price

The Rev'd Deacon Joyce Locht

The Rev'd Sister Mary Christian Cross
Organist(s) Gerald Harder (Organist/Choirmaster)
Organ scholar PJ Janson (Ass't Organist)
Chapter clerk Linda Adams
Churchwarden(s) Brian Rocksborough-Smith, Pat McSherry and Doug Ibbott

St. James' Anglican Church (Parish of Saint James, Vancouver) is a unique church building in the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada located at the north-east corner of East Cordova Street and Gore Avenue in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

The original building was completed in the spring of 1881 on Alexander Street in the Town of Granville, Burrard Inlet to the north west of the present site and was sponsored by Captain James Raymur, the manager of Hastings Mill.[2] Granville was renamed Vancouver and the town was incorporated as a city on April 6, 1886. This building burned down in the Great Vancouver Fire of June 6, 1886.[3] The heat of the fire melted the church bell into a puddle that was eventually put on display at the Museum of Vancouver.[4]

The present (and third) church building was designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott [5] who later designed the Church of St. Mary and St. Joseph, Poplar, London, England which has architectural similarities. The building is the second to be built at this location on land donated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Its design is a combination of Art Deco, Romanesque Revival, Byzantine Revival, and Gothic Revival architecture.[6] The walls are made of reinforced concrete,[7] while the roof is made of slate.[8] The building was constructed between 1935 and 1937 and consecrated in 1938.

St. James was the first Anglican parish in Vancouver, formerly Granville, until the establishment of Christ Church (local church), a daughter church, that in 1929 became Christ Church Cathedral - the Diocese's second cathedral.[9]

The worship tradition is Anglo-Catholic. Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are said daily. Said (Low) Mass is celebrated daily except Saturdays. A Solemn (High) or Sung Mass is sung every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The Rector of the Parish of St James, Vancouver is the Reverend Canon (Father) Kevin Hunt. Brian Rocksborough-Smith is the Rector's Warden.[10] The other Wardens are Pat McSherry and Doug Ibbott. The other members of the Parish's Board of Trustees include the Treasurer, Christopher Orr, and the Lay Delegates to Synod: P. J. Janson, Kelvin Bee and Justin Berger. The Parish Council usually meets quarterly and is chaired by Annie Grant and its secretary is Reece Wrightman. The Parish Vestry meets annually or more often as needed. The Vestry Clerk is Linda Adams.


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  2. ^ Robert A. J. McDonald (1996). Making Vancouver: Class, Status, and Social Boundaries, 1863-1913. University of British Columbia Press. p. 24. ISBN 0774805552. 
  3. ^ Harold Kalman; Robin Ward; Mike Harcourt (2012). Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide (4 ed.). Douglas & McIntyre. p. 54. ISBN 1553658663. 
  4. ^ Constance Brissenden; Hamid Attie (2006). Vancouver and Victoria Colourguide (3 ed.). Formac Publishing Company. p. 17. ISBN 0887806910. 
  5. ^ Chris McBeath; Chloe Ernst (2012). Frommer's Vancouver and Victoria (17 ed.). John Wiley & Sons. p. 170. ISBN 1118093135. 
  6. ^ Alison Appelbe (2009). Secret Vancouver 2010: The Unique Guidebook to Vancouver's Hidden Sites, Sounds, and Tastes. ECW Press. ISBN 1550229117. 
  7. ^ Harold D. Kalman; Ronald A. Phillips; Robin Ward (1993). Exploring Vancouver: The Essential Architectural Guide. University of British Columbia Press. p. 49. ISBN 0774804106. 
  8. ^ Andrew Hempstead (2011). Vancouver and Victoria: Including Whistler and Vancouver Island (5 ed.). Perseus Books Group. p. 34. ISBN 159880748X. 
  9. ^ Fred Thirkell; Bob Scullion (1996). Postcards from the Past: Edwardian Images of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Heritage House Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 1895811236. 
  10. ^ William Law; P. G. Stanwood (1978). A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life ; The Spirit of Love. Paulist Press. p. ix. ISBN 0809121441. 

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