Friday, June 26, 2015

Inside First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church was another destination for me during Doors Open weekend.



Prime Minister Alexander MacKenzie worshiped here during his time in Ottawa. At the time the street outside went under its previous name; today it is Laurier Avenue, and the church ended up with a new name.


I wanted to emphasize the windows this time out. They're quite different from other church windows, incorporating elements of nature and astronomy. I have more from here tomorrow.


37 comments:

  1. I rather like these minimalist glass windows. I look forward to tomorrow's pictures.

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  2. Lovely church and beautiul glasses.
    Hugs

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  3. I'd be curious to know more about what appear to be those compass panes.

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  4. The exterior is quite good and I like the stained glass inserts of the windows...

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  5. Lovely. The 'minimalist' windows are beautifully elegant. But was it intentional, or did they run out of cash? :-)

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  6. actually it was the woodwork that caught my eye, which is strange as you know I am a huge fan of stained glass windows. That woodwork though is gorgeous and looks so tactile that you just want to touch it.

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  7. A lot of glasswork in the church.

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  8. they are different! i like them.

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  9. I am always fascinated by stained glasses...

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  10. Those windows are really quite different from the usual stained windows.

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  11. You certainly keep yourself busy. Right about now, I'd be getting beat. "Doors Closed." Hahahahaha

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  12. Two things struck me - this is sooooo different from our Baptist churches and those windows are rather weird! Would you believe that there are over 200 Baptist churches in the Ocala area?

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  13. They are different William, not so detailed but equally striking!

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  14. It's always interesting to see the huge ornate churches in Ottawa. We don't have the many of the huge old churches.

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  15. @Kay: they're quite different than the usual stained glass. Nature and astronomy are unusual subjects for church windows.

    @Orvokki: thank you!

    @Revrunner: the compass theme caught my eye about that pane.

    @VP: thanks!

    @Mike: the minimalism is intentional. The church does have one window that would be more in line with a church, but some of its themes are very unusual. I'll show it
    tomorrow.

    @Gill: and there's more woodwork tomorrow. I wanted to photograph the lectern, which I haven't done before when I've been in here.

    @Marianne: indeed!

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  16. @Tex: I think this is the only local church I can think of where astronomy plays a role.

    @Karl: as am I.

    @Jan: yes, which makes them stand out.

    @Birdman: I put in a lot of walking time that weekend!

    @Lowell: here we have a number of Baptist churches, but nowhere near that many. There's generally an even division of Protestant denominations, and a good many Catholic churches.

    @Grace: wait until you see what I'm featuring tomorrow.

    @Red: a lot of them here have a nineteenth century origin, so old stone will be typical in the construction.

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  17. they are a bit different, but i like them!

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  18. I rather like those windows!

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  19. 'Doors Open Weekend' - what a great concept. Wonderful to see inside to may churches.

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  20. This is such a beautiful church. I love those gorgeous windows!

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  21. Those windows are so different than most church windows but I like them.

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  22. @Tanya: thanks!

    @Cheryl: very much so.

    @Judy: so did I.

    @Lauren: it is a great opportunity. I look forward to it each year.

    @Tamago: thank you!

    @Sharon: rather different from the expected style. I believe they were all installed at the same time, unlike the one I'll show you tomorrow.

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  23. The windows are quite lovely!

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  24. beautiful. did i miss some where why they have an Open Door policy? is that like an Open House, sorry if i missed this? i remember you doing this last year that is when I did ask ya to join in my InSPIREd Sunday. I don't really recall how our bloggy friendship began ...but happy to have ya as a friend. I enjoy your work & your crazy spirit. I think that is the word I want?? I hope you know what I mean.

    remind me if i ever need some one to be honest with me, I will come to you for an answer. I enjoy that in a person. thanks!! ha. ha!!

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  25. I find the last picture particularly interesting, I wonder what those symbols mean...

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  26. I love the wood and stained glass!

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  27. It has pretty simple glass, doesn't it?

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  28. Fascinating windows William. I really like that pale colored glass in the last one.

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  29. The windows are indeed interesting and the history behind them quite powerful. A link to Alexander MacKenzie seems to bring the time closer, somehow.

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  30. @RedPat: I agree!

    @Norma: it is.

    @Beth: it's an annual weekend of buildings opening up to the public. I'll have to check your blog today, see if I can link up one of these posts to yours early for tomorrow.

    @Geoff: the compass one is a bit elusive, but the nature ones stand out nicely.

    @Linda: so did I.

    @Jack: the church I attended growing up went for simple glass as well.

    @Lois: that caught my eye too.

    @Carol: there are a lot of prime ministerial histories in this city, and it reflects itself in churches.

    @Randy: thank you!

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  31. Are those planets I see coming out the glass nest to the head?

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  32. Oh how strange, I thought minimalist stained glass windows were only found in very, very old churches! These are great!

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