The Church of St. Edward the Confessor has celebrated its centennial. The foundations were dug in March, construction started in April and the last roof tile was placed on June 28, 1902. The architect was George H. Jeffery and the builder was Angelo Corsini of Lugano. The first service was held on All Saints Day, November 1, 1902, and. St. Edward's was consecrated on April 14, 1912.
Founding donors included the Queen of Romania. The hotels in Lugano were generous, as were the English and American communities. Early benefactors were Countess Marie Bismark and Mrs. Christopher Benson (her husband was the brother of Edward White Benson who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 to 1896).
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