We had a pretty exciting weekend in terms of photography, and one of the treasures we encountered was an old church that is over 116 years old now. St. Andrews United Church is located in the Old City Quarter of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Let’s dive into some pictures, shall we?
From what research we can find online, this church appears to have been started as a Presbyterian church and in the early 1900’s was converted to a United Church. With its grandiose architecture and wonderful details, it is a landmark in the city and one of it’s most prized treasures.
The curators are currently in process of raising $750,000 to perform some much-needed remedial work on the facility, both inside and out. It apparently is not in the best of shape and requires this urgent work to allow it to maintain its current active status.
The wonderful tones and colors of the church really create a strong feeling of nostalgia. Also known for its incredible acoustics, this church has hosted many concerts. Allison Crowe is currently scheduled to play here in December, 2011.
As the light dances across the doorway, adding so much warmth to the scene, we were captivated by the blue stained glass piece that hangs over the entrance-way. Book-ended by wonderful brickwork, this striking scene was something that caught our attention from down the street.
In this shot we get a close-up and detailed look at the entrance-way itself. Again, the blue stained glass window above the door is truly amazing. We also note that the green trim that comes down to meet the brickwork also serves as a drain-spout. Functional, as well as architecturally appealing.
As we come around the back, we get a strong sense of the scale of the building. It is truly huge. Years of west coast rain have weathered the siding which just serves to add details and textures. I also love the little overhang that sits above the doorway, and the shadow it produced.
The Old City Quarter district in Nanaimo is rich in history and we do have several more shots coming. We also are planning on going back soon to do an intensive architectural study of the area as it is just full of wonderful old and interesting buildings to enjoy.
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