Sunday, July 6, 2014

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

St. Paul's Lutheran Church can be found downtown in Sandy Hill. The church as we see it today was erected in 1887, replacing an earlier form. It is in the Gothic Revival style.

The church is more austere, but lovely inside. A lot of light gets into the interior.

This is another one of the places that felt the touch of architect W.E. Noffke, who has been a common theme  this year for Doors Open. He oversaw renovations in the mid-twentieth century. From the front, facing down the length of the sanctuary, the glass wall separating the pews from the narthex is more recent. 

The windows are less detailed than in other denominations, but I like them, and they really let in the light.

This angel carved into wood  makes for a good lectern.

I was told that this was the original altarpiece in the sanctuary before the current one was put in. Because of the beauty of the work, the decision was made to keep it in the church. It stands off to the side at the front of the church.

This is the current front altarpiece. The church tends to decorate the sanctuary differently for various occasions, such as Pentecost Sunday, when I took this shot, but also Christmas and Easter. I will have to return here again for photoblog opportunities around that time.


  1. Admirable simplicity

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= <3

  2. Lovely post today.
    I am glad the saved the old altarpiece. It is quite beautiful.
    There were three of us who aranged the flowers for Sunday and of course holidays.
    I also sewed many large wall hanging like the one pictured above at the church I went to.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. I love that third photo taking us in...

  4. I think there will be few Catholic churches in Ottawa.


  5. Thanks for the insightful tour this morning. You shared a lot.

  6. really like the pointed archways!

  7. I like the combination of old and new in this church.

  8. That carved angle is wonderful !

  9. You do not see churches like this one here, if not for the now derelict temple of the Dutch-German congregation. thank you for the really beautiful images of the interior.

  10. @Linda: so did I.

    @Cloudia: quite so.

    @Parsnip: it was well worth preserving.

    @Ciel: thank you!

    @Tomas: oh there are, and I have taken some shots before. I must get inside Notre Dame again sometime soon.

    @Birdman: you're welcome!

    @Tex: so did I.

    @Jan: it's a combination that works.

    @Stuart: it really stands out.

    @VP: you're most welcome.

  11. I honestly think best is less with churches William.. as long as it's beautifully achieved.. the windows are 'simply' wonderful.. One of the best features in churches for me are the arches, j'adore le arch!

  12. I especially love the lectern. Beautiful!

  13. It's lovely in its simplicity. Narthex was a new word for me!

  14. I too like the simplicity of this church. The lack of ornamentation and ostentation lends to a welcome peacefulness.

  15. @Luis: thanks!

    @Grace: I'm a sucker for an arch.

    @Sharon: it definitely caught my eye.

    @Norma: that was great craftmanship by the sculptor.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @RedPat: it is a word I've been familiar with.

    @Kay: it's quite peaceful in there.

  16. The old altarpiece is lovely! So is the angel lectern!

  17. I loved the old altar piece of the boy Jesus. It is one of the plainer Lutheran churches from that era. The altar colors are changed with the events being celebrated.

  18. Another lovely tour William, thank you. That's a beautiful church.

  19. I like the way you get not only the outside, but also inside!

  20. I very much like the simplicity. The angel stands out, which to me seems appropriate.

  21. I'm sure there is a PhD. thesis in the study of church architecture! You should do the Perth tour, as ours date from 1816!

  22. Beautiful architecture and great details.

  23. @Cheryl: I quite liked them both.

    @MarI: you'd have enjoyed the chat I had with one of the members.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Greensboro: thank you!

    @EG: I think it stands out nicely.

    @Jennifer: I have to get down there sometime.

    @Jose: thank you!