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  • 1 Gothic Revival – French Gothic

    Influenced by the architecture of Gothic cathedrals in northern France, French Gothic Revival places of worship emphasize height and an impression of verticality, both inside and out. Other common characteristics include three front entrances, topped by a rose window and flanked by two front towers, and interiors that unified the nave and chancel. Closely associated with Roman Catholicism, French Gothic architecture became popular as the faith grew and established itself in Canada during the period between the Act of Union (1841) and Confederation (1867). The leading proponent of this style in Ontario was architect Joseph Connolly. Examples include the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Guelph (1877) and St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Owen Sound (1871).

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