The Laura Secord Building

November 2012

St. Catharines, Ontario, October 29, 2012 – The building located at 32 Church Street in St. Catharines, Ontario, has been named the Laura Secord Building in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

The Laura Secord Building

The building

This two-storey limestone building was constructed in 1956 and is architecturally typical of federal buildings of the day. In 2005, the building underwent significant renovations to accommodate its current tenant, the Canada Revenue Agency.

The building is located close to several historical battlefields in the Niagara region related to the War of 1812, such as the Battle of Beaver Dams and the Battle of Queenston Heights. This is why the building was selected to commemorate War of 1812 hero Laura Secord.

The legacy of Laura Secord

On June 21, 1813, Laura overheard that the Americans intended to surprise the British outpost and capture the officer in charge, Lieutenant James FitzGibbon. With her husband having been wounded in battle, Laura resolved to take the message to the British herself. Fearing that she would encounter American guards, she took a route through fields and forests, making her journey challenging and physically exhausting. She arrived unexpectedly on a First Nations' encampment, explained her mission, and the chief took her to FitzGibbon. With this warning, FitzGibbon was able to prepare an offensive strategy that would lead them to victory.

For more information on the Battle of Beaver Dams or on Laura Secord, visit 1812.gc.ca.

Photo gallery

A man giving a speech

Local Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, Rick Dykstra, during his speech for the naming of the building.

Two people next to a portrait

Local Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, Rick Dykstra, and Laura Secord descendant, Ms. Caroline McCormick, with a portrait of Laura Secord.

A man next to a portrait and plaque

Local Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, Rick Dykstra, with a portrait of Laura Secord and the commemorative plaque.

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