MacNab Presbyterian ChurchDigital Doors Open Hamilton Region

  • In-person
  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly
MacNab Presbyterian Church

The MacNab Presbyterian Church was completed in 1857 during a cholera epidemic. The exterior is solid stone masonry with an updated slate roof. After the First World War, nine-window stained-glass windows by the Scottish artists William Wilson and James Ballantyne were installed. The sanctuary has stone walls and columns, blonde wood and a magnificent Casavant organ.

The MacNab Street Presbyterian Church was established as a congregation in 1854 during a cholera epidemic. The current building’s construction began in 1856, with funding provided in large measure by two families — Dr. Calvin McQuesten (of Whitehern) and the Honourable Isaac Buchanan (of Auchmar Estate). Scottish stonemasons constructed the main building, using locally quarried stone. Over the next 25 years, two additional buildings were added to the site: a manse and a school. Following the First World War, an addition was made and then, in 1935, the interior was completely renovated and a nine-window stained-glass installation by the Scottish artists William Wilson and James Ballantyne was commissioned. The building was praised for its “the simplicity and good proportion of its exterior design.” Today, it is part of the MacNab-Charles Heritage Conservation District. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out the video below, as well as the church’s YouTube playlist.

Contact info

116 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, Ontario


Year built: 1854; 1935
Building type:Place of worship
Architect: William Thomas (1857); Albert Hills (1930s); Stewart McPhie and William Somerville (1935 addition)
Architectural style:Gothic revival

Dates/hours open

May 04, 10:00am - May 04, 04:00pm

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.