St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (Paroisse St. Thomas D'Aquin) is a French speaking parish in the Alta Vista area here in Ottawa. It has a more modern look, from its architecture, than the many Gothic churches of Catholic or Protestant denominations that we see typically in Ottawa. I passed by late one afternoon in August when I was running errands close by. The parish was founded in 1886, and the current church dates back to 1957.
1886. Wow. I would love to step through and just see what things were like and then be able to step right back to today.ReplyDelete
Lovely parish, and so nice to see they have a ramp for the disabled, too!ReplyDelete
Wonderful mid-century modern!ReplyDelete
I love the church dedicated to St. ThomasReplyDelete
Aquinas. I like to see a church with my same name.
I do wish we could figure out a better way to make facilities like this fully accessible other than building more highways in the sky.ReplyDelete
That's a beautiful church. Love the modern look!ReplyDelete
That sleek roof line and look reminds me of a lot of churches built in the 1950's. There were some talented guys building those roofs.ReplyDelete
I really like the angels in the bricks!ReplyDelete
i like it! the paint-work on the bricks is unique. :)ReplyDelete
@Whisk: I wonder what the original parishioners would think of it now.ReplyDelete
@Linda: a sensible addition in this day and age.
@Cloudia: I did like the design.
@Tomas: I would think so!
@Tamago: it does appeal to me.
@Hilary: I think so too!
@Janis: it reminds me of a church my family attended for many years, also built during that decade.
@EG: I did too- it really stood out.
@Tex: it's something of an impressionist pattern.
A nice church... of exactly my age!ReplyDelete
I love that artistic brick work that you feature in the third shot.ReplyDelete
I agree that the angels in the brick work caught my eye.ReplyDelete
A nice looking parish and pretty wall mural!ReplyDelete
I like the side wall with the angels.ReplyDelete
I agree, the angels in the bricks are beautiful !ReplyDelete
Some of the modern church buildings are very attractive.ReplyDelete
I like the looks of it and it's nice to see the fancy brick inserts!ReplyDelete
The architectur in thin building is very nice, though it doesn't look so much chuch as usually.ReplyDelete
Very nice looking.ReplyDelete
@VP: I don't see it very often- it's a part of the city I rarely get to these days, but it does stand out well.ReplyDelete
@Sharon: I do too.
@Jackie: it's such a different design!
@Nancy: it certainly is.
@Marleen: that appears to be a common opinion today.
@Karl: that would be the consensus!
@Red: this one certainly is.
@RedPat: thank you!
@Orvokki: it's a different style than the more conventional Gothic ones we have here.
@Carolann: I agree!
I remember 1957 well for several reasons. This is a good example of "modern" architecture in the mid to late 50s. It's been very well maintained, too. Looks like the complete complex with school, etc.ReplyDelete
Interesting architecture, although it's a modern building the traditional church style shows through...ReplyDelete
It is nice! I really like that brickwork on the side wall. Almost like a brick mosaic!ReplyDelete
It makes it look more like a house, but that is fine as the earliest Christians worshipped in people's homes.ReplyDelete
It looks like it has been well cared for.ReplyDelete
I agree with Janey. It looks well maintained, very tidy.ReplyDelete
I love your church posts!ReplyDelete
That's a nice looking modern church.ReplyDelete
Nice touches of art in the brickwork here William.ReplyDelete
@Lowell: I'd love to get inside sometime.ReplyDelete
@Geoff: that is true.
@Lois: it does!
@Janey: it certainly is.
@Kay: whoever tends to it does a good job.
@Norma: I like showing them.
@Jan: it certainly is.
@Grace: I agree.