Archive Doors Open Toronto 2010    

St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church
12 Denison Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2M4
Telephone: 416-504-4643

District: South (former City of Toronto and East York)

Architect and year:
N/A, 1879

Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Last admittance to building: 4:45 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm to 5 pm
Last admittance to building: 4:45 pm

Originally constructed in 1879 as the West Presbyterian Church, the building was purchased for the Polish congregation of Toronto on the 15th of April 1911, by Eugene O'Keefe, a Canadian philanthropist and Private Chamberlain to His Holiness Pope Pius X. As a result of these beginnings, St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church traces its architectural roots to the Gothic Revival style typical of earlier Protestant architectural traditions in North America. The interior arrangement consists of congregation seating on the first floor fashioned in a semi-circular arrangement around the alter, with a large second storey horseshoe gallery directly overhead. The cathedral ceiling is ribbed in a manner most typical of the early gothic tradition. In 1969, the parish welcomed Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, as a guest.

Event information:
St. Slanislaus Kostka R.C. Church will facilitate self guided tours of the church and its adjoining hall. Large format mounted prints will be on display to greet the visitor, elucidating the evocative history of the parish’s establishment and its relationship to the surrounding community within the catholic context of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Within the parish interior the public will be treated to organ music along with a slide show displaying the vibrant history of this parish through its 99 years of existence.
An active Polish dance troupe, practising on Saturdays within the hall itself, will present a particularly delightful first hand experience to those who visit on this day. All of these elements assist in constructing a visual insight into Toronto's Polish community and their cultural connection to the parish as a nucleus of local community life.

Photography permitted: Yes  tripod: YesFilming permitted: Yes   tripod: Yes

Getting there: Click here for map.

TTC (nearest station) Bathurst Station Bus/streetcar: Streetcar Routes: Bathurst 511; 501 Queen

Visit their web site:

Accessibility: Partial   Washrooms: Yes   Parking: Paid   Highlights: New this year   N/A   


Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links | Privacy statement
© City of Toronto 1998-2010