Sunday, July 5, 2015

Changes

This is a pic of the College Street United Church located at Bathurst & College St, a very busy corner in the city. A grand Gothic Revival church was built here in 1885, large enough to hold 1,200 people, but as the years passed the congregation shrank and the building needed a lot of upkeep. In the 1980s most of the church except for the original tower was demolished and 7 stories of condos were built above the church. The church still occupies the whole ground floor but I have no idea what it looks like inside. Quite a change!
Two streetcar lines intersect at this corner, hence all the lines & wires in the pic.
Taking part in Inspired Sunday. Click HERE to see more religious buildings from around the world.

31 comments:

José Mendonça said...

Love the mix. Great job!

Gosia k said...

Location is not nice but histor intetesting

llandudnopictures said...

That's a hugely impressive building!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Would like to see inside.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I agree with José, the remodelling has been beautifully achieved, it's a really attractive building Pat. We haven't had trams in Perth for so long I didn't realise the amount of overhead wires that were required.

Aimeecakes said...

I love all of the interesting lines in this shot. Looks like some kind of net hanging over the road

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

1st we have to talk about all those wires ... that is way too much ... they need to go with underground wiring. i have never seen so many ... goodness gracious. wow wee!! ( :

now to the church --- so massive. would love to see inside. just to see what they did, decorative wise.

Karen S. said...

That's a lot of wires that's for sure! This building is very impressive, nice capture of this corner!

Birdman said...

Too WIRED!

Sharon Anck said...

I love how they blended the condo portion with the tower. Nicely done!

Lowell said...

Fascinating photo and story! What in the world was in those 7 stories before they became condos?

VP said...

'7 stories of condos were built above the church', that is a shocking sentence, but the resulting building it is not bad at all!

Ann Bennett said...

It is lovely. I can see where people would love to live in the condos. I saw the wires and then I looked for the streetcar tracks. Every convenience has a cost. However, I would rather have wires than live like they did two centuries ago. Thanks for sharing.

Taken For Granted said...

Like your photo contrasting the architectural styles. You managed to get more wires in your post today than I did despite shooting the wires leaving Oahe Dam power plant. But I'll bet I've got more voltage.

Lynette said...

Great post today with loads of info and a fine photo to go with it. Thanks!

cieldequimper said...

That's very nice actually. I don't think I'd ever seen a church -or what's left of it- like this (despite those wires!)

Ruth Kelly said...

It is interesting that they built condos around the church.

EG CameraGirl said...

How interesting the church is still on the ground floor! I would love to have a peek at some of the condos. ;))

Gerald (SK14) said...

Interesting how we love or hate all those wires which are suddenly re-emerging in cities across the UK.

Tom said...

Sad on one hand, but good that it is still being used. Wires all over the place! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Revrunner said...

Fascinating structure.

Cloudia said...

So many wires! Trolleys! Directions! Places to go in Toronto!




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Geoff Wilkinson said...

That's quite a building, it would certainly have made a statement when the whole place was a church. Lovely pictures with all those wires and cables

TexWisGirl said...

the cables are impressive!

hamilton said...

I like what they've done with this!

Randy said...

Wow that is stunning.

Jack said...

This is such a nice image, RedPat, with the spider's net of trolley wires framing the building.

Laura. M said...

What a mess of wires :)))

Bill Nicholls said...

Not sure I like the idea, and I doubt they would get away with that idea here. Looks like a block of offices with a spire.

Karl Demetz said...

Oh, is there a spider somewhere?
The building looks great !

William Kendall said...

A very stark contrast!