New Westminster City Council: Please use Heritage Revitalization Agreement for Holy Trinity Cathedral
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- A Christian community has worshiped on the site of Holy Trinity Cathedral, at 514 Carnarvon Street, since September 10, 1859.
- The current building, opened November 1, 1899 following the great fire of 1898, contains significant portions of the first stone Church constructed on the mainland of BC, in 1865.
- The building includes furnishings gifted to the parish from Westminster Abbey and the first stained glass windows made in the province, by the firm Henry Bloomfield and Sons.
- A brass lectern, gift of Sir James Douglas, was saved from the fire and continues in use today.
- Holy Trinity Cathedral is the Chapel to the Royal Westminster Regiment.
- The building continues to house an Anglican community whose members have served the city, the province, and our country from the foundation of the colony.
My signature is in support of a proposed redevelopment of 514 Carnarvon Street to enable the preservation of Holy Trinity Cathedral for future generations.
The proposed redevelopment will create a community space of use to the residents of and visitors to the City of New Westminster; including a new outdoor plaza and hall housing both large an small meeting spaces, as well as adding much needed parking in the neighbourhood.
Members of the parish envision the space proving of value for existing events such as Show ‘n Shine, as well as potential new events such as a downtown music festival. While telling a story of those who have gone before, the site will continue to be of common use as we move into an exciting new future for this downtown neighbourhood.
Funding for historic buildings is not readily available from senior governments. We are asking the City Council to use the Heritage Revitalization Agreement tool available to the municipality to permit the parish to build a high rise of sufficient size to enable the proposed preservation of an important historic gem in our city.
Additional history on Holy Trinity Cathedral can be found on our web site at http://holytrinitycathedral.ca/heritage-project/parish-history/.
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