Doors Open Toronto, Metropolitan United Church, part 1 of 5

The Metropolitan United Church is the biggest church in downtown Toronto. It sits at the corner of Church and Jarvis on what is known as McGill Square. The square is always busy with people and known for a good game of chess here and there.In 1868 the original property was purchased, in a bidding war with The City of Toronto and the Catholic Church for a princely sum of $26.000.00.

DSC_0003 As you cross the heavily treed lot you come to this amazing entrance, guarded by these stone angels and under this wonderful Bell Tower

.DSC_0008 DSC_0005 DSC_0007 In 1922 a carillon of 22 bells was installed that has since grown to 54.

DSC_0004After a terrible fire in 1928 this tower was all that remained and the current church was built and opened 1929. As you enter the building you marvel at it’s sheer size.

DSC_0011 DSC_0017The glass work is an amazing testament to what I am sure was a lifetime of work.

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In 1930 the largest pipe organ in Canada was installed by the Casavant Co. from Quebec that originally included 7200 pipes and has grown to a current 8,233.

DSC_0029DSC_0016In all of this architectural marvel and artistic expression it still is nice to catch a brief air of playfulness. If you look real close amongst the deep rich beams and wood covered organ pipes you see the statue of a cat keeping a close eye on these church mice.

DSC_0025 DSC_0026 DSC_0027As always Enjoy Toronto!

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