Saturday, July 8, 2017

Architecture And Expression

Since I am in the midst of this series, check out a post at my writer's blog that covers our recent Dragon Boat Festival.

I have more today from allsaints, the former church that has found a new life in the Sandy Hill area. Here are more sanctuary views that were taken during Doors Open.

I went downstairs into the basement, which is presently a large, open space, but can be used for various events. A side chapel also caught my eye, as well as the photographer who was at the entrance to the room.

Following the path to the former church hall, I stopped at another entrance to get a look out into the yard, which was quiet.

A cafe has been set up in one of the rooms of the former church hall.

Coming into the main hall, there was an activity going on, as well as access to the second floor. An artist, Myka Burke, has her studio up here, and had several of her works hanging up. We chatted, and she's very busy not just with her own art, but workshops with other artists, a new app, and a concept for next March called Nuit Verte. It's the same idea as Nuit Blanche, but with a focus on the environment.

I finish with this view from the balcony down onto the floor of the church hall. It was a dance class going on, with the two tango instructors at the front of the hall. Those shots, however, I'm leaving for a future theme day. Tomorrow we move to the last location for my Doors Open series.


  1. It looks like there are many spots for one activity or another in this beautiful building. What a wonderful resource!

  2. What a wonderful overview in the first photo. The roof is beautiful.

  3. ...the arched ceiling is a work of art!

  4. Hello, love the views of the gorgeous stained glass windows. MY BIL is a coach on a dragon boat team, they travel all around for competitions. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  5. So with a little creativity these fine old buildings can be used for many things.

  6. @Kay: it certainly is!

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Tom: it certainly is.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Red: this one has been put to good use.

  7. Another super series of images from allsaints William, such a wonderful venue for special events.

  8. It certainly makes for a nice event place.

  9. Beautiful, and your #6 photo is a winner, William!

  10. That old church is being well reused!

  11. This is a model of what can be done in many churches! I love the variety of activities and esp enjoy seeing the cafe! Kudos to everyone involved in this project.

  12. I like how you worked here, William

  13. cool, i enjoy the feel of a castle ... or at least that is what i sense? nice weekend!! ( ;
    take care.

  14. @Grace: it's quite a place.

    @Janey: it does indeed.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @RedPat: definitely.

    @Kate: it's quite an eclectic mix of uses.

    @Cloudia: I enjoyed being here.

    @Beth: that's how I think of it.

  15. The old church definitely has lots of life left. It is a beauty!

  16. Such a beautiful building. It's still sad that it is not used for its original purpose.

  17. Those stained glass windows are stunning. Great photos William:)

  18. It's good that the church is in reuse. Basement looks cool.

  19. Nice that the rooms have had a facelift for a purpose in life.

  20. They're going to have to repurpose these buildings sometime.

  21. @Revrunner: that's true.

    @Bill: it does indeed.

    @Mari: that happens.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Orvokki: it is.

    @Klara: I agree.

    @Carolann: indeed.

    @Jennifer: this is a good new use.

    @Norma: at least it was saved.