Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wandering Through Hintonburg

Another reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for the first of May is Smell.

Around the beginning of the month I went up to the Hintonburg neighbourhood early one evening. It is dominated by this Catholic church, St. Francis of Assisi (Paroisse Saint-Francois D'Assise in French, which is the dominant language used here, as the church website is in French). When I lived in the neighbourhood, the church bells were a regular sound.


This nearby apartment building though is new; there was a car dealership where it now stands.


There must have been a large scale road infrastructure project here at some point; sculptures like these line the street. The city compensates neighbourhoods for the inconvenience with public art. These two stand a short distance apart, the second one in front of a community centre.


Lastly, this mural dominates a wall on the side of a store.

35 comments:

  1. There is quite a contrast in images around this area. Impressive church.

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  2. Things are looking so gray in these photos. At least that mural gives a splash of color!

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  3. At the end we left the museum, but..., yes, more educated. (Just kidding).

    Tomás.

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  4. That looks a desperate day to wander round looking at that fine old church. The mural looks bright & cheerful

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  5. Nice to have art to cheer up on a grey day. I love hearing church bells.

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  6. That's some church! I like the idea of the city giving back to the citizens for putting up with new construction...that doesn't happen in very many places.

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  7. Love the old church building, the new apartment building doesn't look so appealing, a bit earthbound.

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  8. love the sculpture of the fiddle head... and the name of the neighborhood. Sounds German.

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. A grand building, it looks very cold over there still.

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  10. @Lauren: it is quite impressive.

    @Halcyon: it was a brooding kind of day.

    @Tomas: thanks for stopping by.

    @Bill: it is rare for me to come here.

    @Ciel: I do too.

    @Lowell: it is standard here.

    @Marianne: true. I think it is that exterior bars that caught my eye.

    @Janis: it might well be.

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  11. Looks like a beautiful area William. Gorgeous church.

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  12. There was a church in our old neighborhood--I loved hearing the church bells every morning!

    Unique fire hydrants!

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  13. Oh la! The church is very beautiful William, lovely details of the door here. Public art is always intriguing :) The mural is lovely and colourful.

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  14. most unique fire hydrants, ever!

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  15. Infra structure seems to become more "invasive"...for example high speed transit.

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  16. @Mo: it was cool that day, and it's cool this morning!

    @Luis: I should really try going in that church sometime.

    @Norma: this one has lovely bells that you hear a long way off.

    @Grace: the church has no doubt been there a long while.

    @Tex: that they are!

    @Sharon: so did I. It must be relatively fresh.

    @Red: in this case it involves a lot of tearing up of the roads and replacing piping and other stuff. It turns a street into what looks like a war zone. They're doing it at present over in Old Ottawa East.

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  17. awesome!! I love the fire hydrants ... never would have guessed, so fancy, keep the doggies away! ha. ha!!! ( ;

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  18. This is great, William, and I am so happy to see some store fronts!

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  19. Lovely Church--strange sculptures and nice mural.
    MB

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  20. Beautiful church building. I like the art pieces and the wall mural.

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  21. Very strange sculptures! Like the church.

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  22. I love these old buildings you share, and the art. How nice that people are compensated.

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  23. So much street artwork in Hintonburg. They add a sense of character and presence to the cityscape.

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  24. @Beth: fortunately there's no shortage of real fire hydrants!

    @Linda: there is a fair share of shops along this street. The area seems to be gentrifying.

    @MB: the mural was quite a surprise!

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @RedPat: I like the church as well.

    @Denise: it's such a headache dealing with that sort of thing while it's going on.

    @Gemma: they certainly do.

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  25. Interesting hydrant-looking thingy. :-)

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  26. That seems to be an impressive church, but I mostly like the first sculpture and that colorful mural.

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  27. Beautiful church. I can't say much for the sculptures though. At least the mural was colorful.

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  28. I like that mural. Do those sculptures double as fire hydrants?

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  29. @Marleen: I certainly liked that mural.

    @Revrunner: I should have looked for something about the artist. I imagine if it was anywhere, it would have been in the community centre.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Mari: I think modern art is an acquired taste.

    @Lois: it certainly is.

    @Kay: no, they're ornamental only.

    @Whisk: thanks!

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  30. The church is a grand one, very tall. And, I appreciate public art and especially like the one that looks like part of a fiddle.

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  31. It looks like a great neighborhood. The "newer" building is kind of an eyesore when compared to all the historic structures. The church is an awesome building.

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