Cdn Churches: An Architectural History

by Peter Richardson

Firefly Books | July 30, 2013 | Hardcover |

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The first definitive guide to Canada''s most beautiful and significant churches.

In every city and town in Canada, churches stand as monuments to our spiritual, ethnic and architectural heritage. With as many styles as there are denominations of faith, these buildings tell the story of 250 years of immigrants bringing their Old World traditions into a New World landscape, and of how these traditions changed over time as the country moved west.

These magnificent buildings were constructed by many different denominations and in very different styles, but they all have in common the desire to create a lasting and suitable monument to their faith.

Canadian Churches: An Architectural History is the first definitive guide to more than 250 of the most beautiful and significant churches across the country. Peter Richardson and Douglas Richardson provide the history of each church, including its construction, subsequent alterations or additions, the early congregation, and any architectural details that make these churches unique and noteworthy.

Packed with more than 400 photographs, this book is as beautiful as it is informative. The authors have captured the essence of the buildings as well as the human drama and passion that led to their creation. The rich history and beauty bring a romance to the "architecture of religion" that will leave readers captivated, regardless of their faith.

Canadian Churches is a must for anyone interested in Canadian architecture, history and religion.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 440 Pages, 9.84 × 11.42 × 1.18 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554072395

ISBN - 13: 9781554072392

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Cdn Churches: An Architectural History

by Peter Richardson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 440 Pages, 9.84 × 11.42 × 1.18 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554072395

ISBN - 13: 9781554072392

About the Book

A definitive guide to 180 significant and historic churches across Canada, including their history, construction, and architectural details. Photographs by an awarding-winning photographer knowledgeable in historic preservation.

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Excerpted from Chapter 1: Churches Canadian Churches is divided into chapters covering Atlantic Canada, Québec, Ontario, the West and North and a final chapter entitled "Changes." Within those chapters the material is organized chronologically, thematically or geographically. We have made deliberate efforts to include famous churches alongside less well-known buildings: St. Paul''s, Halifax, is juxtaposed with the less well-known but contemporary work of the Moravian Brethren in Labrador; the concrete structure of the Oratoire Saint-Joseph in Montréal is compared with 1950s and 60s concrete-shell churches in Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean; Toronto''s famous Group of Seven art in St. Anne''s (Anglican) sits alongside icons by Mount Athos monks in St. George''s (Greek Orthodox), also in Toronto; Manitoba''s Cathédrale Saint-Boniface is compared with Saskatchewan''s often overlooked Silton Chapel. The challenge was always to limit the number of churches. Lists grew and shrank, grew and shrank again and eventually stabilized. Decisions were rethought. Yet many churches we hoped to include had to be left out because of lack of space, not lack of enthusiasm. Some denominations may seem over-represented, some under-represented and, regrettably, others not represented at all. There are several reasons for this. Church buildings are not distributed across the country in a balanced way. The different historical, social and religious conditions under which the various parts of the country deve
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Churches

Atlantic

  • Terra Nova to Atlantic Canada
  • British and American Colonial Traditions
  • Festive Simplicity
  • New Brunswick Town and Country
  • Deep and Holy Poetry
  • Sublime Newfoundland
  • Rational Gothic
  • Cradle on the Waves

Québec

  • Counter-Reformation to Vatican II
  • L''ancien régime
  • Anglicanism Triumphant
  • Un métissage canadien
  • Notre-Dame-de-Québec
  • Les riviéres qui marchent
  • La ville aux cent clochers
  • Québec Modernism
  • Pray and Work
  • Glass Tapestries

Ontario

  • Loyalists to Modernists
  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
  • Unity of the Empire
  • Niagara and Southwestern Ontario
  • Spiritual Fusion
  • Fringe of Settlement
  • Victorian Catholicism
  • Can These Bones Live?
  • Victorian Toronto
  • Church and City
  • Byzantium Ontario
  • Group of Seven in Church
  • Resisting Obsolescence

West and North

  • Fur Post to Pacific Rim
  • Pre-Confederation Northwest
  • Vancouver''s Island and British Columbia
  • Prairie Settlement
  • Bell Towers of the Eastern Rite
  • Late Victorian Gothic Revival
  • The North
  • Modernist Stirrings
  • Western Modernism

Changes

  • Origins
  • Byzantine
  • Medieval
  • Reformation and Baroque
  • The New World
  • Conclusion

Notes and Sources
Glossary of Architectural Terms
Bibliography
Index of Churches

  • Name
  • Location
  • Denomination

General Index

From the Publisher

The first definitive guide to Canada''s most beautiful and significant churches.

In every city and town in Canada, churches stand as monuments to our spiritual, ethnic and architectural heritage. With as many styles as there are denominations of faith, these buildings tell the story of 250 years of immigrants bringing their Old World traditions into a New World landscape, and of how these traditions changed over time as the country moved west.

These magnificent buildings were constructed by many different denominations and in very different styles, but they all have in common the desire to create a lasting and suitable monument to their faith.

Canadian Churches: An Architectural History is the first definitive guide to more than 250 of the most beautiful and significant churches across the country. Peter Richardson and Douglas Richardson provide the history of each church, including its construction, subsequent alterations or additions, the early congregation, and any architectural details that make these churches unique and noteworthy.

Packed with more than 400 photographs, this book is as beautiful as it is informative. The authors have captured the essence of the buildings as well as the human drama and passion that led to their creation. The rich history and beauty bring a romance to the "architecture of religion" that will leave readers captivated, regardless of their faith.

Canadian Churches is a must for anyone interested in Canadian architecture, history and religion.

About the Author

Peter Richardson is Emeritus Professor of the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion. His books include Building Jewish in the Roman East and Herod: King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans.

Douglas Richardson is Emeritus Professor of the University of Toronto in the Department of Fine Art. His books include The Open Gate: Toronto Union Station; Ontario Towns; and A Not Unsightly Building: University College and Its History.

John de Visser has over 50 books to his credit. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications.

Peter Richardson and Douglas Richardson, photographs by John de Visser, R.C.A.

Editorial Reviews

But for its size and weight, [Canadian Churches] would make an indispensable vade-mecum for travellers.... The prose captures and teases out the pictorial content of the splendid illustrations, in which often enough only two pictures stand for the monument.... Accessible to the amateur, there will also be enlightenment for those well versed in Canada''s ecclesiastical built heritage. The organization of the book, a difficult in such a broadly ecumenical cross-country survey, has been achieved with great success.... In a time of accelerating church closures, changes in use, or even demolition, the Richardsons'' work can educate and inform the actions of church officials and congregations.
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