St. Mary’s Cathedral
St. Mary’s CathedralSt. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s was designed by architect James R. Bowes, and on July 23, 1843, Bishop Patrick Phelan supervised the beginning of the construction of the Cathedral. In the opinion of the writer of an article entitled, “Kingston As It Is,” which appeared in the Kingston Herald on April 5, 1848, there were:

Some dozen churches in the city and one in progress of completion that will be an ornament to the city when finished. It is built of cut stone, Gothic style, reaching from Johnson to Brock Streets, 210 feet long and 88 feet wide supported by massive pillars, surmounted with spiral cut stone, towering heavenwards; its roof covered with tin, being elevated very high and occupying the highest ground in the city, presents a magnificent appearance.

The spire rose to a height of 242 feet, and at the time was believed to be the tallest structure in the entire city of Kingston. The building was completed and consecrated by Bishop Patrick Phelan in 1848. Extensive structural renovations were performed between 1987 and 1995, including rebuilding much of the north wall and replacing the 50-year-old asbestos roof (itself a replacement of the original tin roof) with slate tiles.

St. Mary’s Cathedral - interiorSt. Mary’s Cathedral - Interior

The second Archbishop of Kingston, the most Reverend Charles Hugh Gauthier, installed the present pipe organ in 1905. The organ was built by the Karn-Warren Organ Company (formed in 1896, after the firm of S.R. Warren & Son was sold to Dennis W. Karn of Woodstock), and it was later restored towards the end of the century by F. W. Knapton and Sons. It will be featured in a Festival concert by Canadian organist Mark McDonald.

St. Mary’s OrganSt. Mary’s Organ

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Kingston, Ontario

Karn-Warren Organ Company (1905)
F. W. Knapton and Sons (late twentieth century rebuild)

Great

  • 1 Double Open Metal 16
  • 2 Open Diapason 8
  • 3 Geigen Diapason 8
  • 4 Stopped Diapason 8
  • 5 Doppel Flute 8
  • 6 Dulciana 8
  • 7 Octave 4
  • 8 Chimney Flute 4
  • 9 Twelfth 2⅔
  • 10Fifteenth 2
  • 11 Mixture III
  • 12 Trumpet 8
  • 13 Schalmei 4
  • Sub Octave
  • Unison Off
  • Octave

Swell (enclosed)

  • 14 Geigen Principal 8
  • 15 Hohl Flute 8
  • 16 Salicional 8
  • 17 Celeste 8
  • 18 Principal 4
  • 19 Stopped Flute 4
  • 20 Super Octave 2
  • 21 Piccolo 2
  • 22 Mixture IV
  • 23 Oboe 8
  • 24 Contra Fagotto 16
  • 25 Trumpet 8
  • 26 Clarion 4
  • Sub Octave
  • Unison Off
  • Octave
  • Tremulant

Positiv

  • 27 Rohr Flute 8
  • 28 Gemshorn 4
  • 29 Koppel Flute 4
  • 30 Nazard 2⅔
  • 31 Block Flute 2
  • 32 Tierce 1⅗
  • 33 Trumpet 8
  • 34 Krummhorn 8
  • 35 Octave Trumpet 4

Pedal

  • 36 Open Metal 16
  • 37 Open Wood 16
  • 38 Bourdon 16
  • 38 Gedeckt 16
  • 40 Violone 16
  • 41 Principal 8
  • 42 Bass Flute 8
  • 43 Cello 8
  • 44 Fifteenth 4
  • 45 Double Trumpet 16
  • 46 Trumpet 8
  • 47 Mixture IV

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