Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. Clements Roman Catholic Church
Sept. 15, 2012 was the date for Doors Open Waterloo Region. Part of Doors Open Ontario it provides an opportunity to tour participating noteworthy buildings and heritage sites in Waterloo Region. This is the first year we took advantage of this and were able to visit 9 of the 37 available sites . It was hard to choose where to go so we decided to check out the villages in the townships and then head into Waterloo.
Our fist stop was St. Clements Roman Catholic Church.
From the outside it is a typical brick village church. I have driven by it many times without giving it much thought.
Inside is a different story. A visual feast of art.
The walls and ceiling are covered by the intricate painting of the artist L. Scott Young. Young completed the work in 1948 and tragically died at the age of 38 in 1950 at Kitchener’s St. Mary’s Hospital following an operation for a ruptured appendix.
This depiction of the Last Supper was done on canvas and applied directly to the ceiling plaster. The ornately carved, painted, and gilt alters date from the nineteenth century and the Canadian made stain glass windows where installed between 1800 and 1900.
This photo shows some of the intricate painting Young achieved. The stone work around the statue and the windows is all painted on the flat walls. The mosaic tile work – all hand painted as well as the block work below. The 3D effect was quite amazing.
I not sure about the history behind the creation of this statue but it is a prominent feature on the side wall of the sanctuary.
This last picture is a view from the choir/organ loft.
This first stop on our tour was a pleasant surprise.
The next stop is also a church – but quite a bit different. Stay tuned!