Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds
Vancouver’s oldest surviving church, Christ Church Cathedral, has welcomed the community at the corner of West Georgia and Burrard for 125 years. Once the brightest and tallest building in the city, it was known as ‘the light on the hill’, used by mariners for navigation as they came into port. Today, the Cathedral stands as a place of open-hearted spirituality for tens of thousands of people who come to worship, reflect and celebrate the milestones that mark our community’s past, present and future.
Restoration and Renewal – A Labour of Love
In 1994, the Cathedral community embraced an ambitious plan to restore the fabric of the building, reveal its heritage features and strengthen its foundations through a seismic upgrade. More than $12.5 million has been raised to date, completely renovating the interior, installing a new pipe organ in a ‘floating’ choir loft, restoring Vancouver’s WWI and WWII Regimental Colours, as well as making the building functional and accessible for all people.
In this final phase of renewal, the Cathedral’s roof must be replaced with a new seismically safe and more durable roof, an elegant stained glass bell spire will be constructed at the northeast side of the church with 4 bells, and the Cathedral’s small kitchen will be doubled in size so the Cathedral can better serve the needs of Vancouver’s hungry and vulnerable.