Pemberton Memorial Chapel

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Architecture

After an unexpected absence I am back; however, I will be limiting myself to a few posts per week until I am fully recovered.

I took these shots at the Pemberton Memorial Chapel which stands amidst the Royal Jubilee Hospital complex while undergoing treatment.

This quaint little chapel was built in 1909.  It served as the spiritual centre of the hospital and played a vital role in the lives of patients, families and students at the RJH School of Nursing.  In 1979 the City of Victoria designated the Chapel as heritage building, but in 1982 it was closed to the public for structural and safety reasons.

The Chapel was reopened in June 2003 after being restored.  Today the Chapel serves as a multi-faith sanctuary for patients, their families, staff, and the community 24 hours a day.

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Entranced by rural and urban decay. I am drawn to these forlorn sites because they emote conflicting sentiments of beauty and disintegration.

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