St. Michael’s Community Hall – A Beautiful History

St. Michael’s Community Hall – A Beautiful History

The Community Hall of St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Sillery, built in 1946, has since served the needs of  countless people and organizations.

Originally designed for the needs of the community, and dedicated by the Governor General of Canada Lord Alexander of Tunis to the memory of five members of the congregation, young men who lost their lives in the Second World War, it has over the decades been host to a great many different types of activities.

Under its roof, people have enjoyed  choir rehearsals and concerts, movie shows, bridge tournaments, theatre performances, dances, auctions, meetings, sales, suppers, ballet classes and even badminton practice! Packs of the Girl Guides’ Brownies and Cubs and of Scout troops have met within its walls, and Gaïa-Danse held regular monthly public dances. For the last few years, there have also been classes in Yoga, Qi-Gong and Feldenkrais , prayer circles and meditation groups  as well as workshops on Biodanza and Argentine Tango.

This striking building, designed by the renowned architect Edward Black Staveley, is on the point of being sold by the congregation.  A group of dedicated citizens, the Développement St. Michael, has started to work towards  finding  a way to keep it alive.

The plan is to establish a Centre for social and community events, cultural activities and the promotion of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  Rather than allowing a private developer to take control of the building and the adjoining lot, we would like to create a space where people can celebrate, socialize, explore and evolve.

To prepare documentation on the history of this beautiful hall and thus illustrate its historical, architectural, cultural, social and spiritual value, we have started to collect information on events, cultural activities, concerts, plays, sales, meetings, rehearsals etc. etc. that have been held at St. Michael’s Community Hall over the past sixty-five years.

If you, or someone you know, used to be involved at St. Michael’s Hall and have memories, anecdotes, photos, articles, etc., that you would be willing to share, please contact Katharina Urbschat at 418.614.4523, or write an e-mail to: developpement.st.michael@gmail.com

Browse your memories, your photo albums, your personal archives …..any contribution will be welcome and greatly appreciated!

Over the next few months, we would like to keep adding  information to the small exhibit we have already started to put together.

This exhibit will be on display in the Hall as of Saturday, February 26, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come and see what we have come up with so far, and learn more about the history of the Hall at ‘Espace Saint-Michael’, 1800 chemin St.Louis in Sillery.

A short introduction will be given at 1.30, 2.30. 3.30  and  4.30 p.m. by historian and archivist James Lambert, followed by a guided tour of the building.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be for sale.

See you there!

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Article: Katharina Urbschat
Photos: Marcel Arteau

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