The city of London has many sacred spaces, thousands pass by every day, but few know of more than a cursory glimpse from outside.
For 100 years, the chapel at St. Joseph’s Hospital has been a haven for those not just seeking solace or quiet reflection, but also sober remembrance and joyous celebration.
Refreshed and restored to its original glory, the chapel was reopened to the public in June of this year after a three-year slumber while construction of the new A wing of the hospital was completed.
It’s thought of as the soul of the hospital by many.
“This is a place of solace, a place to collect your thoughts, to be happy, to come and be quiet, to think through what is happening, what your dealing with, how to support other people,” said Karen Perkin, vice-president of patient care for St. Joseph’s Health Care.
Erected as part of an addition to the hospital in 1915, the original chapel featured art glass windows, a stone altar in Roman style, oak floors and pews.
By 1940, the original altar had been replaced and the current stained glass windows installed.
Further changes in the two years leading up to 1960 saw the addition of crystal chandeliers, covering up the original flooring under the pews with linoleum and the installation terrazzo floor at the altar.
The recent restoration included new wood flooring, repairs to the original plaster, upgrading the lighting and repainting.