View of the Seminary chapel

PLANT has now completed extensive accessibility, washroom, and building systems upgrades to many parts St. Augustine’s Seminary, and we are excited to begin planning a new phase of renovations to this Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto heritage complex, which dates from 1913. Phase 3 encompasses lighting upgrades and the installation of air conditioning in the chapel and dining room, as well as washroom additions to residential suites in St. Joseph House, the convent on the site. PLANT Project Architect Patricia Joong recently examined the seminary’s beautiful chapel from an unusual perspective: she climbed into the attic above the barrel vault to gain a better understanding of how to minimize the aesthetic impact of lighting and ventilation improvements on this historic structure.

Patricia ascending to the vault.