Thursday Doors – February 18, 2016

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Église Saint-Edouard – Montréal

This is another of the many churches in Montréal that I’ve probably driven past hundreds of times in my life and never really noticed until I started paying closer attention to doors.


Located at the intersection Rue St-Denis and Beaubien East in the borough of Rosemont / Petite-Patrie, Eglise Saint-Edouard was built in the Gothic Revival style between 1901 and 1909.

The front facade is done entirely of locally quarried limestone. The roof as well as the two bell towers are clad in copper and topped off by copper spires 210 feet (64 meters) above street level.

Though I wasn’t able to find its actual capacity, this is certainly one of the largest churches in the north/central part of the city. At its peak the parish it serviced consisted of over 1,200 families.

The arched stained glass above the doors and the doorways themselves contribute to the effect of vertical thrust that directs the eye skyward.

The effect is of course at its most pronounced when looking up from the foot of the stairs.

The main door and the two side doors are painted wood with decorative glass and carvings in the arch above.


The carvings and glass seem to be in pretty good shape.


But the doors themselves are definitely in need of some TLC.


Our mix of intense cold and wet weather can be very hard on wooden doors, so hopefully they’ll get a good scraping, sanding and a fresh coat of paint this summer.


As always, I thank you for reading 🙂

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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51 Responses to Thursday Doors – February 18, 2016

  1. snapsfromjim says:

    A very impressive church Norm and great doors. The local limestone works well and I think the copper spires are terrific.

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  2. Beautiful building and stunning doors Norm – I love the large central door with its 2 ‘Mini-Me’s on either side, must be most impressive to look up from those steps!

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  3. reocochran says:

    This church was impressive, Norm. I admire the architecture and the details. There are so many intricate patterns and layers where it shows depth and craftsmanship. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hopefully, I am caught up in blogging! I worked 90 hours in 2 weeks and winter concert plus grandchildren visiting for Valentine’s day just wore me out!

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  4. terryb says:

    I really like the drama of the photo looking up the steps with the melting snow! The church looks like a really imposing piece of architecture compared to the surrounding buildings. Great shots!

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  5. Gorgeous doors! Many churches seem to have stunning doors and entries.

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  6. Yet another amazing church to be seen in Mtl! With beautiful doors too!

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  7. Helen Jones says:

    Church doors really are beautiful, aren’t they? I have a few ‘saved up’ for future Thursday doors 🙂

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  8. Buildings like this just boggle my mind. So much beauty. I love the repeating arch details of this one, and especially the copper spires. That green patina is so beautiful to me.

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  11. mariannegv says:

    Wow! What an impressive church. Here’s my post:
    Have a great day!

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  13. Cee Neuner says:

    Those doors and building are impressive Norm. WOW.
    Here is my door Valentine themed doors for the week.

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  14. marianallen says:

    What a magnificent structure! Those doors are grand — and the golden color is, to me, unusual, but just right.

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  15. restlessjo says:

    Here I am again! (the world loves a trier- hopefully you do too 🙂 )

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  16. It’s beautiful and impressive on the outside. It must be just as lovely inside on a day with sun streaming through the windows. I love the towers with their green patina, and glass windows above the doors are lovely. I hope the doors get some TLC too!

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  17. Nato says:

    Wow! What a glorious building and set of doors. I think I would just stand there in awe.

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  18. joey says:

    This is one of those doors where it’s hard to decide if I love the door more than the building or the building more than the door. The sheer detail of the church — every single section is ornate! Gorgeous doors though. I think it’s remarkable how bright yellow they are and how they are still perfectly suited to the church. What a dreamy doors post, Norm! 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey. And yet again I’ll say (because I seem to say this a lot with the doors I’m finding lately) that I’ll have to go back and go inside.
      From what I’ve seen online, the inside is just as impressive and they have a fancy-pants old Casavant pipe organ as well. Concerts in there must be amazing 🙂

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  19. pommepal says:

    The angle looking up makes this church very majestic Beautiful architecture from a bygone age.. Mine this week looks like a door but is it really a door???

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  20. joannesisco says:

    The photo taken at the base of the stairs really does give an imposing and dramatic feel to the building. I have a *thing* for arches and they’ve carried that theme even into the carvings on the door.

    What caught my eye though are the massive lamps flanking the doors. I recently discovered the same style of lamps at Old City Hall in Toronto. Like you said, now that I’m paying more attention to doors, I’m surprised at the things I’m starting to notice 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Nice catch, I had totally looked past the lamps and didn’t even notice them until you mentioned it 😀
      Now that you mention it, yes they are similar the ones at Toronto’s Old City Hall – now THAT is a gorgeous building!


      • joannesisco says:

        It’s funny, but I’ve never really paid much attention to Old City Hall until recently. What’s the expression? … familiarity breeds contempt?
        Now I’m gathering quite a collection of photos of this building. I’m hoping to do a *door* post including it some day 🙂

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  21. The words “stately”, “impressive”, “ornate”, and “beautiful” sprang immediately to mind. I love old churches and this one’s a beauty!


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  22. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beautiful church Norm. I love the massive and intricate glass above the doors and the upper row of windows. I do hope the doors get a little attention soon, it would be a shame to see them be damaged (or damaged any further). It’s telling to see where the water runs down the stone. These buildings really have to work for their survival in your city.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. I think it might be a budget issue for a lot of these churches as well. Fewer parishioners and fewer donations leaves less money for upkeep. A number of them have taken to applying for heritage building status to access public funds available to preserve historic buildings.

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  23. Stunning church, Norm. The architecture is amazing. The doors and the surrounding glass is beautiful. I also love the color of the spires. And, the photo showing the neighborhood on the right certainly depicts how tall the building is in comparison. 🙂

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