Some very interesting, and dangerous-looking, work was being done from scaffolds attached to the stone spire of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
In the fall of 1944, a minor (relatively speaking) earthquake hit the Hamilton area. While damage was not overly widespread, there was one structure that suffered – the stone spire of St. Paul’s. Note MacNab Street Presbyterian Church on left, Central Public School to right of spire).
Coats of Arms and partial roof line of Bank of Montreat, Main and James at bottom of picture.
The top of the spire had fallen to ground and was set up on the church’s lawn with a plaque that read as follows :
“These stones were removed from the spire of St. Paul’s Church. Damaged by earthquake Sept 1944 and are preserved in memory of those who on this site laid a good foundation and built with vision and courage.”
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library
(Personal note – I once climbed, with permission, up as high as anyone could inside the spire. Strangely enough, that occurred not long after I learned that when the spire was first being constructed in the 1850s, a worker had fallen from it to his death. Fortunately, I am not only unafraid of heights, I like them!)