Fate of Sacred Heart Convent hangs in the balance April 13

Sacred Heart Convent, 79 Moore Avenue, KitchenerThe fate of the Sacred Heart Convent at Shanley and Moore Streets, Kitchener  hangs in the balance Monday night, April 13, 2015.

 

Kitchener Council will decide whether or not to save it from demolition, by designating it as being of cultural heritage value and interest.

The Roman Catholic Hamilton Diocese wants to demolish the building to reduce its building maintenance costs and create a 20-space parking lot.

Kitchener Heritage Planners contacted the Region of Waterloo Director of Housing to see if there was interest in adaptively re-using the convent as affordable housing.  The Region’s favourable and encouraging response was passed on to the Diocese, but the Diocese has refused to withdraw the application for demolition.

Unless Kitchener City Council moves to designate  Sacred Heart church buildings on the property, the Diocese will be legally entitled to demolish the building on May 8, 2015.

  Monday night’s council meeting is important

7 p.m., Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener

 

There are several ways you can help.

  • Come to Kitchener Council on Monday night and speak in favour of designating the Sacred Heart Church buildings – convent, rectory, former pastor house, residential building and the church itself. Email Rita Delaney or come to City Hall by 6:45 p.m.
  • Share some stories or facts that support its
  • physical or design value —  g. representative of a particular style, material or construction method; displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit.  The convent was designed by architect John Macleod Watt, author of over 60 large/public buildings, from Windsor’s Church of the Ascension to London’s McCormick Biscuit Factory to Kitchener’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
  • historical or associative value — e.g. direct associations with a belief, activity, organization or institution that is significant to the community;  yields information that contributes to the understanding of a community; demonstrates the work of a particular architect or builder, e.g. information about the importance of Sacred Heart Church to the Polish community.
  • contextual value — e.g. Is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of an area; is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings; is a landmark.
  • Email the Kitchener Mayor and Councillors about your concerns.
photo of the interior of Sacred Heart Church, Shanley Street, Kitchener
Interior of Sacred Heart Church, 66 Shanley Street, Kitchener. Polish Heritage Canada photo.