Monday, February 18, 2013

Third Saint-Phillippe et Saint-Jacques Church, Baie-Egmont

     I was searching for something this morning on Google and came across a website with photos from mostly around the Evangeline area of Prince Edward Island.  Below is a photo I had never seen before and am struck by how much the church resembles two other early Catholic churches on the Island - that of 1838 St. Augustine's Rustico and 1839 St. Patrick's Grand River - see below.
     Troisième église Saint-Philippe et Saint-Jacques, Baie-Egmont. Construite en 1834 alors que le père Sylvain-Éphrem Poirier desservait la paroisse en tant que missionnaire, l’église mesurait 110 par 60 pieds, le sanctuaire non compris. La sacristie mesurait 40 par 30 pieds. L’église pouvait recevoir 1000 personnes. Elle a été démolie en 1922 pour faire place à la quatrième église, qui fut démolie en 2010.
     The third St. Philippe et St. Jacques church, Baie-Egmont. Built in 1834 during the period that father Sylvain-Éphrem Poirier served as missionary, the church was 110 feet long by 60 feet wide, not including the sanctuary. The vestry measured 40 by 30 feet. This church could seat up to 1,000 people. It was demolished in 1922 to make place for the fourth church, which was demolished in 2010.
     Above information and photo cf.,_Baie-Egmont
     Above:  The 1838 St. Augustine Church of Rustico is very similar in design to Saint-Phillippe et Saint-Jacques.  The main church measures 80 feet long by 50 feet wide not including the tower or vestry.  For more information see this blog
     Above:  The 1839 St. Patrick's Church of Grand River is very similar in design to Saint-Phillipe et Saint-Jacques and St. Augustine Rustico.  However, it's hard to see the similarity in this image of St. Patricks today.  The original church, built between 1836 and 1844 (consecrated in 1839) was 60 feet long by 40 feet wide.  In 1890 the church was redesigned by well-known Island Architect Wm. C. Harris.  The original plan of the church was enlarged, a new steeple was built; false butresses added and Gothic windows installed on the upper wall in the balcony.   Photos of the original church exist, however, I don't have access to them at this time.
    For more information see this blog 

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