• 1 Joseph Connolly

    Joseph Connolly was born in Limerick, Ireland. He received his professional training in Dublin under J.J. McCarthy (1817-81) – a leading 19th-century Catholic Church architect who specialized in the Gothic Revival style. After settling in Toronto, Connolly practised alone until 1873 when he formed a partnership with Silas James, a land surveyor. By 1877, he had left the partnership and, in the 1880s, formed another with A.W. Holmes. This partnership lasted until Connolly's death in 1904. Although Connolly is credited with designing a number of secular buildings, it is his designs for religious structures – particularly those for the Roman Catholic Church – that are most remarkable. His Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Guelph, 1876) is designated as a National Historic Site. Other important churches include: James Street Baptist Church (Hamilton, 1879); St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica (London, 1880); St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (Toronto, 1885); and St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Basilica (Toronto, 1887).

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