Why I Love Toronto Reason #276
Yes I know Toronto’s Condominium/ Loft market is getting out of hand. I mean they have condominiums popping up right next to the Gardiner Expressway – so close that if a car ran into and broke the median you would have a car in your living room or from another perspective you could jump onto the highway from your balcony. Now I will do a post on my favorite condominium buildings in the near future, but today I want to write about churches that have been turned into condominiums/ lofts. This is definitely becoming a huge craze in our city and I think it may be a tad sacrilegious.
I have to say though it is a cool concept. With church attendance declining more churches are joining together, leaving some of them abandoned. However, instead of demolishing these churches, they are being converted in residences which allow people to live in the some of the most beautiful historical building this city has to offer. So even though it may not be the right place for vampire to live because the faucets might spew out holy water and there may be some hidden crosses underneath the floor board, I think these units are perfect for those who love architecture and history. Below I’m going to give you my top 4 church converted condominium/ lofts and briefly give you a history and some of their selling features.
Abby Church Lofts
Located in the High Park area this church has some pretty awesome selling features. Get this - vaulted wood ceilings, original stained glass windows, exposed stone and brick walls, plus it has a look out from the bell tower and twisting staircases – I’m having an architectural orgasm right now and I’m not sure if that’s weird to say considering I’m talking about a church. Anyways the church was built in 1910 and is absolutely stunning and will make you feel like you are living in a castle.
The Church Lofts
This neo-gothic gem was built in 1906 and is located at 701 Dovercourt and also has its original stained glass. What I love are the squished in balconies and the wood patio on top of the church which brings you a stunning view. It boasts to a restoration of the masonry, limestone, wood doors, and period light fixture. It also has this amazing quad that beams in sunlight from the most beautiful skylight I have ever seen.
The Channel Club
Everyone has seen this church condominium, but what is most interesting is that it still acts as a church. This condominium is right on the corner of College and Bathurst and I mean right on the corner. If you ever get off the 511 streetcar going south at College it drops you off right in front of this building.
St. George On Sheldrake Lofts
Once the Eglinton United Church, this 1923 building by Horwood and White (they also worked with Edmund Burke) was turned into lofts in 2001. The exterior is said to be a tribute to Oxford University’s Keeble College and has units as big as 4000 square feet. The building welcomes you with these noteworthy dark coloured doors as well as intense brickwork. Of course it also has cathedral ceilings.
More and more church condominiums/ lofts are popping up Toronto and I’m really excited that architects are bringing the old and placing a modern twist on it. Remember my Heritage Modernization Theory – not demolishing old building but converting them to the modern world. It is happening Toronto and these condominiums/ lofts are some of the nicest buildings in the city. Now the question is if you live in an old church do church rules still apply? Like no swearing? All question that will be answered in time.
That is why I Love Toronto.