Dundas St. United Church Stairs
This is a shot of the stairs going up to the balcony where I took the shot of the sanctuary in my previous post. I love the lines and curves of this staircase! Location: Dundas St. United Church – Woodstock Ontario.
Dundas St. United Church, Woodstock
Today we attended the funeral of my wife’s Aunt. It was a beautiful service in a beautiful old church. Before we left I took a few moments to take this picture of the sanctuary from the balcony.
Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church
Another Church we visited during the Doors Open Waterloo Region tour was St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church on Bleams Rd. The paintings were wonderful!
Serving the several thousand people of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and Guelph Romanian Orthodox community, the church was designed in the form of an ark, and in 2011 nearly every inch of the walls and ceiling were decorated with magnificent, traditional, hand-painted frescoes and icons, telling the story of Christ in images. The iconostasis wall is adorned with icons and vigil lamps.
Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 – Trinity Anglican
Another Doors Open Waterloo Region has come and gone and this year had no lack of interesting sites to visit.
One of our first stops was Trinity Anglican on Blair Rd. in Cambridge. Here is the description from the Doors Open Web site.
Trinity Anglican is the oldest church building in Galt (Cambridge), set in a traditional churchyard surrounded by a cobblestone fence with a 1909 lych gate. Trinity’s striking, exposed-timber nave roof has ornately decorated trusses. Other highlights include beautiful stained-glass windows, an 1845 bell, an abundance of carved woodwork by Waterloo’s Globe Furniture Company, and other vintage wood trim.
This is St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Lindsay Ontario. I love the architecture of these old churches.
Royal York Road United Church
The Royal York Road United Church in Toronto has a beautiful Sanctuary with blend of wood, brick and stone. We attended a memorial service here for my wife’s Aunt. It was a beautiful service in a beautiful church.
This shot is a vertical pano made up of three, three exposure HDR shots processed in Photomatix and the panorama merged together in Photoshop
As we walked around St. Jacobs (Ontario) the other day my wife says, “Look at the steeple of our old church. Take a picture.” Sometimes I don’t see the picture that she see’s but I took the shot anyway. I started playing with some post processing on it tonight and I think it turned out to be an interesting shot. So as usual I will say – You are right Elizabeth!
Processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and OnOne Perfect Effects.
I was going through some old files and this caught my eye. It was taken in 2009 in New York . The stone carving on some of the large Churches is amazing.
Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Waterloo
Our 5th stop on the Doors Open Waterloo Region tour was St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Willow Street in Waterloo. This church was build in 1962 after a devastating fire destroyed an earlier one. The congregation is well established in Waterloo, celebrating it’s 175th anniversary this year.
The church features a magnificent vaulted ceiling, many stain glass windows made from imported glass, and pipe organ.
The modern interior is a interesting contrast to the mid 20th century Gothic exterior.
This beautiful church is well worth a visit if you get a chance.
Last time I said the next post was going to be a 130 year old house but I got ahead of myself on the tour as this church was our 5th stop. So now that we are back on track the next post will be the 130 year old house. Stay Tuned!
Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. John Lutheran Church Wellesley Township
Our second stop on the Doors Open Waterloo Region tour was St. John Lutheran Church in Wellesley Township. Designated an historic site in 2003 this little church on a hill just north of the village of Bamberg was built in 1872.
There is quite a contrast between this and the first church we visited. There was a cozy peaceful atmosphere and the representatives of both congregations where equally grateful for their place of worship.
As the congregation grew older and the people moved away the congregation was no longer able to support a full time pastor and the members have joined neighbouring churches. The church has however remained open and since 1982, four special services are held every year.
The next service will be their Christmas Service on December 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm and all are invited to come worship with them.
So after 14o years of worship the old key still operates the lock on the front door.
Our next stop takes us into the Village of Wellesley for a basement tour! Stay tuned.
Doors Open Waterloo Region – St. Clements Roman Catholic Church
Sept. 15, 2012 was the date for Doors Open Waterloo Region. Part of Doors Open Ontario it provides an opportunity to tour participating noteworthy buildings and heritage sites in Waterloo Region. This is the first year we took advantage of this and were able to visit 9 of the 37 available sites . It was hard to choose where to go so we decided to check out the villages in the townships and then head into Waterloo.
Our fist stop was St. Clements Roman Catholic Church.
From the outside it is a typical brick village church. I have driven by it many times without giving it much thought.
Inside is a different story. A visual feast of art.
The walls and ceiling are covered by the intricate painting of the artist L. Scott Young. Young completed the work in 1948 and tragically died at the age of 38 in 1950 at Kitchener’s St. Mary’s Hospital following an operation for a ruptured appendix.
This depiction of the Last Supper was done on canvas and applied directly to the ceiling plaster. The ornately carved, painted, and gilt alters date from the nineteenth century and the Canadian made stain glass windows where installed between 1800 and 1900.
This photo shows some of the intricate painting Young achieved. The stone work around the statue and the windows is all painted on the flat walls. The mosaic tile work – all hand painted as well as the block work below. The 3D effect was quite amazing.
I not sure about the history behind the creation of this statue but it is a prominent feature on the side wall of the sanctuary.
This last picture is a view from the choir/organ loft.
This first stop on our tour was a pleasant surprise.
The next stop is also a church – but quite a bit different. Stay tuned!
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wiarton
When we came across this Church in Wiarton they were having a garage sale so I took the opportunity to go inside and take a few pictures. It was built in 1922-1923. Here is a link with a bit more info. http://www.laamb.ca/stpeter’s_wiarton.htm
St. Paul’s Church Neustadt
On the way back from the cottage on the Easter weekend we decided to check out some of the back streets of the Village of Neustadt. We came across this beautiful little church. It has been well taken care of indicating a congregation grateful for the blessing of a place to gather and worship.
Click here for a photo taken apparently in 1927
Tech info: 3 exposure HDR, photomatix, photoshop, topaz, lightroom.
Stairway to Heaven
Another shot from our Paris Ontario photo walk. This is a most unusual church. Not sure if it is still being used as a church any more. I think there was work being done to the roof and the sign outside had nothing on it. Maybe being made into apartments or something.
3 exposure HDR, photmatix photoshop, topaz, lightroom