Another spot in Sandy Hill that returned to the Doors Open circuit again this year is a former church, All Saints Anglican. A historic church that dated to the dawn of the 20th century, it was the site of Robert Borden's state funeral in 1937. The parish merged with another Anglican church in 2014, and the church building has found new life as allsaints, an event space that hosts weddings, music, art, and other uses. Organized from within the community, the endeavour is still a work in progress, and will also serve as an interpretive centre for Prime Minister's Row, a fitting concept as the building stands across from Laurier House. Here we have views from outside.
The sanctuary is still used for weddings, but on this day was being prepared for art lessons by the resident artist here. A church service was actually being held in Bate Hall, the old church hall from the parish days.
The stained glass windows in the sanctuary remain in place. This first one is in commemoration of Prime Minister Borden, who worshiped here.
Downstairs, a table was set up to showcase the building's use for receptions. A full time chef has come on board, and plans are well underway to establish a restaurant in this space. He had prepared some samples of his cuisine.
This view looks into what in the parish days may have been a small chapel. Allsaints has found new life as it continues to evolve, saved by the initiative of those in the area. I look forward to seeing more of what they can do.