One of Cobourg’s significant Historic Buildings is St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Like Cobourg’s Victoria Hall it was designed by architect Kivas Tully and like Victoria Hall (in the 1950’s) it now needs major restoration. It’s not quite the same situation since it’s a Church and not owned by the Town but the Church is hoping citizens who are not Anglicans or even Church-goers will be supportive of restoring this property. The oldest parts of the building are already temporarily closed and its bells stopped ringing last year. The total cost is estimated at $2.7M and of this, $1.35M still needs to be raised (more below). The Church has recruited a committee led by Peter Delanty and have launched a fund-raising campaign which focuses on the non-religious aspects: restoring a major historical building and restoring the ability to use the bells.
The campaign also points to good works done at St. Peter’s although these are not housed in the Church itself.
- Serves more than 130 people through weekly meal and outreach programs;
- St. Peter’s Court Apartments (rent is geared to income) and 264 College Street are both initiatives intended to meet the need for affordable housing in Cobourg;
- Home to Cobourg’s only warming centre, run in partnership with Transition House Shelter, to offer space for those without a roof in winter months;
- Houses a specialty pre-school with focus on music and arts;
- Other programs as listed on the web site – including Bible study.
St. Peter’s web site says that:
- Restoration of the bell tower, roof and ceiling is urgently needed.
- The Bell Tower restoration will repair the spalled brick masonry, the cracked mortar joints and stained-glass window where lead is missing. Cost: $400,000
- The roof repair will include new insulation and replace the tiles with metal covers that look like slate tiles. The Church ceiling is made of lathe and plaster. The repair plan will consolidate the historic plaster and preserve the wooden arches. Cost: $2,300,000
Progress to date:
- Parish Campaign: $850,000
- Grant: $500,000
- The Gap: $1,350,000
Benefits of Restoration
The campaign lists several benefits:
- Restoring the ability to toll the bells for special occasions
- Restoring one of Cobourg’s Historic Buildings and avoiding further such losses – It’s estimated that more than 20 per cent of Canada’s built heritage was lost between 1970 and 2000.
- The building’s rich history has made it a key tourist attraction, drawing visitors to Cobourg’s East Heritage Conservation District.
Donations can be made via Canada Helps – go here.
Fundraising Event: Heritage Dinner at the Docks – August 25
- Enjoy a lovely evening with friends and the community at the Coburg Yacht Club.
- The evening will include dinner, lawn games, a live auction, and the opportunity to meet others from the community including former Mayor Peter Delanty.
- There will be an array of delicious food catered by The Best Western Cobourg Inn & the Cobourg Yacht Club. Drink tickets will be available for purchase.
- Former Mayor Delanty will start the evening with a short welcome address. There will be a 50/50 raffle and Randy Barber will host a live auction that you won’t want to miss! (Randy is vice-president of the Cobourg and District Historical Society and fundraising committee.)
- Buy tickets here – Buffet style at $60 or Plated Dinner at $120.
- General admission will open at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm for sponsors and guest on the sponsor’s patio.
$1.35M seems like an outreach goal. I’m sure as a minimum it will generate a lot of interest.