The Crown of Guelph’s St. George’s Square

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There once was a crown hanging over the centre of Guelph.

This crown, made of wire with Christmas lights, hung over St. George’s Square from around 1960 until it was taken down at the end of the 1970’s.

The Crown, which was purchased from Texas as part of a Christmas Ornament Package, was removed around 1979 in preparation of the St. George’s Square makeover. When the city took down the crown, it was found to be very badly corroded from salt spray etc. It is buried in Eastview Landfill site as reported here.

After the makeover of the square, the crown was not replaced but instead honored by installing a large sidewalk crown made of stone in front of the CIBC Building sometime in the mid 1980’s. This was removed in 2002 due to the revamping of the Eaton Centre into Old Quebec Street Mall & Shops.

There are many people in the city who have fond memories of the crown hanging in the Square. The city is considering options to reconfigure St. George’s Square when road work along Wyndham Street commences in the next couple years. At this time, none include replacing the long gone crown.

Some Guelphities would like to see the crown return in some form. We encourage the community to consider different options, such as using local artists to create a replicate of the crown.

11/17/1960 raising of the decorative crown in St. George's Square in November of 1960. A truck with a tall ladder is on the left side of the photo, with a man at the top of the ladder. The crown is made of wire and Christmas lights and is being lifted up with the assistance of two men on the ground and another on the truck. Photo Copyright/Credit: Guelph Museums 20148441-2

11/17/1960 raising of the decorative crown in St. George’s Square in November of 1960. A truck with a tall ladder is on the left side of the photo, with a man at the top of the ladder. The crown is made of wire and Christmas lights and is being lifted up with the assistance of two men on the ground and another on the truck. Photo Copyright/Credit: Guelph Museums 2014.84.41-2

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