St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Churchin-person Doors Open Hamilton Region

  • In-person
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church

Built in 1890, this church was designed in the Romanesque style. With its open plan, stained-glass windows, interior artwork, 1908 Casavant pipe organ and 7.6-metre-high (25-foot) Carrera marble altar, St. Lawrence is a treasure in Hamilton’s north end. There will be live demonstrations of the organ being played throughout the weekend, and complimentary food/drink at noon on May 5.

By the end of the 19th century, Hamilton’s need for a Catholic church in the north end resulted in the construction of this Romanesque-style brick-and-cut-stone edifice. Dominated by its imposing four-storey tower, buttresses also divide the front façade into three bays. The main entrance contains a fine rose window. Of note are the Italian marble main altar and pulpit.

Contact info

125 Picton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario


Year built: 1890; 1908 (pipe organ installation); 1935 (renovations); 1955-65 (interior renovations)
Building type:Place of worship
Architect: Robert Clohency
Architectural style:Romanesque revival

Dates/hours open

May 04, 10:00am - May 05, 04:00pm

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.