Sunday, July 6, 2014

Changes

When this church, Bloor Street United, was built in 1890 it was a small Presbyterian church but changed to a United Church after the congregation grew and it was enlarged. But the city decided to widen Bloor St and in 1927 wonderful Gothic portals along the street were demolished leaving little space for a grand entrance. The church is located right beside the U of Toronto campus and serves the university and the surrounding Annex neighbourhood by hosting many community activities.
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21 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Councils have no sympathy for anything even churches. Would have look a lot nicer with out the two extensions which have beed added later

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

looks like a lot of folks enjoy biking. what a beautiful church. i am curious as to why they have 3 doors so close together? it has me pondering??!! i enjoy the turquoise caps. ( :

Tom said...

I'm always amazed at how churches have to change through time. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Tom said...

I'm always amazed at how churches have to change through time. Tom The Backroads Traveller

EG CameraGirl said...

It's kind of sad that this majestic church now has so little property around it, I think.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's still a wonderful old church Pat, even with 'bits' missing :)

TexWisGirl said...

a shame it was encroached upon. pretty old thing!

Luis Gomez said...

It still looks beautiful!

Sharon Anck said...

I can see where that grand entrance should have been.

Revrunner said...

Hard to anticipate what a community will looks like from one generation to the next.

Lúcia said...

Even them have to adapt, right?
Anyway, it's a beautiful building! ;-)

Karen said...

At least they didn't tear the whole thing down!

cieldequimper said...

I love the two very different spires/steeples?

Stephanie said...

It is still an attractive church.

William Kendall said...

It's an impressive looking church. I've never been in that one.

Jack said...

Your commentary helped me to take a more careful look at this poor church. We can see where it has been modified. It looks like it is wearing a straitjacket.

Cloudia said...

Nice post! I enjoyed visiting



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llandudnopictures said...

Churches seem to be amazingly versatile!

Halcyon said...

I had no idea of the history of this church. :)

José Mendonça said...

Wonderful architecture!

Laura. M said...

Demolished to make something new, was well!!