For many newcomers, places of worship are important nodes of social and economic support. These places act as informal community centres that provide a vital sense of identity and familiar culture. In Scarborough, where many immigrants land, over 300 churches, temples, and mosques currently exist—averaging 1.5 places of worship every square kilometer. Each communities’ social economical status is made visible through these buildings: from a small commercial retail unit in a plaza to a freestanding architectural building complete with classrooms and gymnasium.
Beginning in 2019, Lee has been working on the ambitious project to document and catalog all places of worship in Scarborough. This ongoing project is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts