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St. Paul’s Anglican Church

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This Church located in downtown Nanaimo was recently renovated by replacing the old community hall with a new building designed by a local architectural firm and constructed by a Vancouver Island contractor.

The original heritage building is complemented by the contemporary architectural style of the new addition; another enhancement to this part of downtown and a significant achievement by the owners of the building.


The dark area in this quick pen sketch is inadvertently exaggerated. Actually, the glazing assumes a warm brown colour as it mirrors the building across the parking lot. I will probably return to make another picture of this view when the weather is not so cold.

As is the case with many institutional buildings or facilities, the setting is dominated by the need to park cars, find a place for electrical transformers, dumpsters and storage containers. If viewed from Chapell Street, it looks like a traffic engineer or parking planner was employed instead of a landscape architect.  Unfortunately the nice landscaping on the other side of the building, along Church Street, is hidden by a brown fence. Hopefully spring will return soon so that the trees on this property regain their leaves providing some colour and decoration to the stark rectangular shapes that are so prominent this time of year.


Author: John Hofman

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