About Church Of Our Lady Immaculate
Church of Our Lady Immaculate (known locally as the Church of Our Lady) is a Roman Catholic church located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada designed by Joseph Connolly. It is considered Connolly's best work. To serve a Roman Catholic parish of predominantly German settlers this Gothic style-church was built between 1875 and 1883. The monumental church contains decorative carving and stained glass executed by skilled craftsmen. The church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.
The Church of Our Lady is one of the 122 parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton and boasts 2,600 families in the congregation.
Long-awaited restoration of the church began in April 2007. Talk of restoration began in the early 1990s, with work on the slate roof completed in 1992. Subsequent plans for renovating the interior generated some controversy and were put on hold. The estimated cost of the inside and outside restoration is between $10 million and $12 million, including renovations to the towers ($1.2 million), roof, windows and doors, interior and basement. The entire church restoration should be completed by the end of 2008, with funding coming from both the congregation and the diocese of Hamilton.