Wednesday, July 20, 2011

No Doubting Thomas

A reader sent in this photo of St Thomas of Canterbury on Kenmore, completely shrouded by scaffolding.  He notes that the building, which dates back to 1916, has been undergoing a restoration all spring and summer and is nearly completed.  We have high hopes that St. Thomas is able to serve Uptowners for another century.  (Did you know that St. Thomas holds masses in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Laotian?)

He notes that the opposite scenario is taking place around the corner at Lawrence House, where glazed terra cotta is being removed and replaced with brick.  What a shame that there are so many current owners who take out the historic architecture that has survived for nearly a century and replace it with cheap, ugly materials!  It makes us especially appreciate the buildings that have been lovingly restored rather than bowdlerized.


  1. "Doubting Thomas" actually refers to St. Thomas the Apostle. His church is in Hyde Park.

    This St. Thomas is also known as Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in the cathedral after his adversary, the king, wondered aloud "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?"

  2. @gayle - this may be true but a headline that reads "no murdered thomas" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

    thought it may be more appropriate for uptown