By the end of the 1990s it was clear that the Parish Hall attached to St. James Cathedral was in need of extensive restoration and upgrading, if it was to continue to meet the needs of the Cathedral’s outreach programs, to house the growing Diocesan archives, and to address the building’s now-pressing structural and maintenance issues.
aA was commissioned to undertake these renovations, and to design a new pavilion for gatherings associated with the communal life of the Parish. The renovated and expanded Hall complex reinterprets the traditional cloister, linking the new Hall and existing Diocesan buildings around an enclosed courtyard. The courtyard itself is a contemplative space that commemorates the citizens of Toronto buried within the Cathedral grounds.
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. JAMES
ANGLICAN ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO