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Left: Architects Arthur Nicholson and Robert Ian Macbeth to design the YMCA facility that opened in 1929. Dennis Gannon Photo. Right: Former location of the Queen Street YMCA as seen on Friday. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard

YESTERDAY AND TODAY: Queen Street YMCA

After the YMCA was first established here in 1859, it had operated out of a series improvised, rented facilities — first in a house on Hainer Street, later on St. Paul just west of Ontario, and from 1891 in store-front space on the west side of Queen Street, just below King. Its first purpose-built headquarters, a properly equipped, roomy facility