The Three Churches, Mahone Bay, NS

The Three Churches, Mahone Bay, NS


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The Three Churches, Mahone Bay            

The Mahone Bay Churches stand like spiritual beacons at the head of the harbour.  The Presbyterian Church (now Trinity United) is the oldest, dating from 1861.  Trinity Church was originally located on the hill by Bayview Cemetery and was moved to its showy position on the waterfront in 1885 in a ten-day ordeal that had the town’s undivided attention and cost the parishioners a very substantial sum of $800.  By the time of the move waterfront property was getting pretty pricey, the Presbyterians had to pay $360 for their plot, while the St. John’s Lutherans got first position on “church row” in 1869 for a mere $64.  St. John’s was replaced by the present building in 1903.  Of the three churches, it is generally St. James’ (far left in the drawing) that receives the most attention.  Perhaps this is because it was designed by the acclaimed architect, William Critchlow Harris, who specialized in churches and gave Nova Scotia seventeen of its finest gothic edifices.  St. James, which was built in1887, is among Harris’ early churches and his winning the commission was probably not hindered by the fact that his brother was then curate of St. James.  Harris’ ecclesiastical aestheticism was boundless, carrying over into his designs for residential properties, including the beauty I owned in Windsor when I drew this picture.