All Saints Cathedral (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The Cathedral Church of All Saints, also known as All Saints Cathedral, is a cathedral church of the Anglican Church of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Cathedral Church of All Saints
44°38′25.60″N 63°34′46.85″W / 44.6404444°N 63.5796806°W / 44.6404444; -63.5796806
Location1330 Cathedral Lane,
Halifax, Nova Scotia
DenominationAnglican Church of Canada
Membership300 families
Architect(s)Ralph Adams Cram
StyleGothic Revival
Length255 feet
Width86 feet
Nave width58 feet
Height68 feet
DioceseNova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Bishop(s)The Rt. Rev. Sandra Fyfe
DeanPaul Smith
Organist(s)Paul Halley
Music group(s)Cathedral Church of All Saints Choir

It is the cathedral for the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. There is an additional cathedral, St. Peter's, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, owing to the diocese unusually containing two civil provinces.

All Saints Cathedral is located on Cathedral Lane (formerly Martello Street) in the South End of the Halifax Peninsula. Built to a neo-gothic design by Ralph Adams Cram of Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson (of Boston and New York), the stone structure, minus the central tower which had been the design's most striking feature, was opened in 1910. The building is 255 feet (78 m) long; the nave is 68 feet (21 m) high, and the chancel is 26 feet (7.9 m) wide.[1]

History edit

Background edit

St. Luke's Pro Cathedral, c. 1890. Destroyed in 1905, All Saints was built to replace the pro-cathedral.

Opening edit

Depiction of the cathedral in 1911, shortly after its completion

First World War Memorial Window edit

Stained glass in the Cathedral commemorates the men and women of the Diocese who died in World War I.[2]

Philip Bent VC edit

The sword of Philip Bent, who was killed in 1917, and is the only person born in Halifax to be awarded a Victoria Cross, is displayed in the cathedral.

Design edit

Pipe organ edit

The Cathedral Organ was built originally in 1910 by Casavant of St Hyacinthe, Québec, and rebuilt by the British firm of Hill, Norman and Beard in 1961. In 2011, the original console was upgraded by Casavant and now includes 250 memories for its pistons, is MIDI capable, and can record performances to play later. Another advantage of the new console is that it is moveable so it can rest in its original intended location during services but be optimally re-positioned as required during choral concerts and organ recitals and performances. Also, during this recent upgrade the console was prepared with some additional stops as well as an antiphonal section for eventual installation in the Cathedral Narthex. Consisting of four manuals and seventy-five stops, the organ is the largest east of Montreal and serves admirably for service-playing and is also an impressive recital instrument. The organ has been played by many international performers.

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References edit

  1. ^ "Cathedral of "All Saints," Halifax, N.S." The Canadian Architect & Builder. 22 (1): 11–14. January 1908. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  2. ^ Anglican Diocesan Centre Corporation (Re), 2009 NSUARB 154 (CanLII), para. 13:

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