Welcome back to The Hollow today, thanks for popping by! For today’s post, we are going to take a look at a local heritage site, the Church Of Our Lord, located right in the heart of Victoria, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island. This church is a heritage site that was deemed a National Historic Site in 1998.
Founded in 1874, this wonderful church was originally attended by many of Victoria’s pioneer families. Sir James Douglas donated the land for the facility, and a Carpenter Gothic design was created by a local architect. Sir James Douglas was the colonial Governor of BC and is often referred to as “the Father of British Columbia”.
A recent renovation dubbed the “Restoration 125 Project” was completed, seeing the original pipe organ fully restored and the outside of the building painted in its originally correct and historic colors. Many wonderful architectural details are visible in this shot, including some of the wonderful stained glass. I find the stark contrast of the heritage church against the new condominium development right behind it really creates a bit of a visual dichotomy.
In this shot, we enjoy peeking through an outer window into the inner sanctum to see the stained glass from the other side of the building. Some of the details of the architecture are more visible from this angle, too, creating further interest.
My fascination with photographing doors continues with our work on this church. Wonderful architectural elements create a strong sense of history, and the circular window above the entrance alcove is beautiful and large. The light streaming into the church itself, especially in the morning when this side of the building faces the rising sun, must be absolutely exquisite.
Our recent sale of an image to the Anglican Church of Canada for inclusion in their annual calendar next year is really an exciting event for us here at The Hollow. Our image was selected for the December page and we are delighted and honored, and hope to have more commissions like this in the future.
Thanks for the visit today, we sure do appreciate it! Please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.