The temple of the Children of Peace at Sharon is an architectural masterpiece expressing in dramatic form the ideas of David Willson, a charismatic religious leader in early 19th century Upper Canada.
The architectural elements of the Temple combine to express a singular religious vision of the most striking beauty. Its three tiers, its four-fold symmetry, its lanterns, and its pinnacles all take their inspirations from the Bible. Jacob's Ladder, a gently curved staircase, leads to the musicians' gallery above. Its three stories represent the Trinity. The four central pillars even bear names: Faith, Hope, Love, and Charity. Known for their pageantry, the Children of Peace combined unique architecture with distinctive artistic works and unparalleled musical tradition.
Check out our new video that has Curator John McIntyre and Architect Jan Kubanek talk about the history of the site founded by the Children of Peace and the restorations being undertaken by E.R.A. Architects at at the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum.
The Temple and site are open from mid-May to mid-October, normally Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information call 905-478-2389 or visit the Sharon Temple web site.