St. Catharines Heritage

Our Built Heritage


Lost Heritage

St. Joseph’s Convent

Convent-corner Church and James-DG postcard
St. Joseph’s Convent
63 Church St.
Built: 1874
Destroyed by fire in 1972, demolished 1973.

The Lincoln County Jail

Niagara St.Jail-frontal

The Lincoln County Jail
116 Niagara Street
Built: 1866
Demolished: 1976
Architect: W.G. Storm

The Lincoln County Jail was in use from 1866 until the opening of the Niagara Regional Detention Centre in 1973. The jail’s first occupant, Jack Bryant, was on of the 164 other prisoners in the first year of operation. Six escapes occurred during the jail’s 107-year existence. Only one hanging took place, Sidney Gordon Chambers was hung on December 16, 1946 for the murder of a 9-year-old St.Catharines girl.

St.Catharines Carnegie Public Library

Photo from the Niagara Falls Public Library website

The Carnegie library was one of 125 built in Canada with funding from the Carnegie Foundation.  The library remained in use until 1977 when the Centennial Library was opened.

55 Church Street
Built: 1905
Demolished: 1977
Architect: Sidney Rose Badgley

Some elements from the library can be found around the city.


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