Monday, July 11, 2016

In The Sanctuary

This is St. Paul's-Eastern United Church, set in the neighbourhood of Sandy Hill. The congregation's roots date back to 1845 and a Presbyterian church, and its current name reflects the movement of Methodist, Congregationalists, and some Presbyterian churches to form the United Church of Canada; in this case the old St. Paul's Presbyterian joined with the nearby Eastern Methodist Church. The building, which dates back to 1889, is in the Romanesque Revival style. Have a look at the church's history page for a look at a tower that once stood here. It was removed from the building over questions of stability- there's a good reason this area is called Sandy Hill, and builders have often run into problems here. The sanctuary inside is beautiful.

25 comments:

  1. I like the outside of the building, but it's not the most beautiful church I have seen here.

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  2. I always marvel at how these buildings got built in the mid 1800's when there were so little machinery!

    Janis
    GDP

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  3. @Linda: it is.

    @Tomas: indeed!

    @Nancy: surprisingly so.

    @Jan: the architectural style is unusual for here.

    @Janis: they did well building it.

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  4. I was surprised to see the inside William, it doesn't seem to match the 1889 exterior, looks too new 😃

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  5. The nave and altar area are much more modern than I would have thought from the exterior. It's very beautiful!

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  6. They've kept this church up and made some appropriate renovations. It's very ornate in some of the inside areas.

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  7. Are those pipes for a pipe organ in the background? You don't see many pipe organs any more.

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  8. Beautiful church, the inside is gorgeous!

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  9. @Grace: they would have done renovations at some point.

    @Lowell: I was impressed by the interior.

    @Red: it certainly is.

    @Sharon: yes, those are the organ pipes partially screened. In fact, in a couple of these shots, the organist can be seen playing, behind the pulpit.

    @Bill: it is, yes.

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  10. It is such a treat to see inside all these places.

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  11. That is a beautiful building. I love the shape of windows!

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  12. i appreciate all the windows and pulpit. so neat!! fancy even. ( :

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  13. That was quite a bell tower. I don't think the building suffers from its absence. The windows in particular are really lovely.

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  14. @Halcyon: Doors Open ends up becoming a favourite activity of mine for that reason.

    @Tamago: so do I.

    @RedPat: it was the first time I'd gone in there, though I pass by on occasion.

    @Beth: it's a beautifully done church.

    @Norma: that it is.

    @Kay: it had the feel of a castle tower.

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  15. Love the light streaming through the windows.

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  16. Looks really nice church, both inside and outside. Very different.

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  17. The curved seating draws the eye in this lovely little church. It has friendly appeal.

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  18. When you thinking of all the politicking that went on!

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