by Marie Wilson

A History of Healing

St Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto was founded in 1892 by the Sisters of St Joseph. Go in the 30 Bond Street entrance to see masonry from the original building plus a mini museum detailing the hospital’s gloried past.


A nurse’s uniform from 1952 surrounded by cafe tables where you can sit and write or read. If you’re lucky you might hear theĀ Metropolitan Church carillonneur playing beautiful music across the way on the church’s collection of 54 bells.


The original hospital building.


Secondhand St. Michael statue in the Victoria Street lobby shares a connection with Michelangelo.

IMG_3442_phixr-2“Must have more space for the Sick Poor.” St. Mike’s original emergency room was in a dingy basement. But they got out and are currently expanding their emergency room facilities again.

IMG_3447_phixr_phixrA great hospital with some wonderful doctors and nurses and also a glorious past. Check out the museum, sit for a coffee, perhaps listen to the bells that have soothed St. Mike’s patients over the decades.


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