Thursday Doors – May 5, 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. 

The Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul – Downtown Montréal

Located at the corner of Redpath and Sherbrooke Street West in an area of downtown Montréal known as the Golden Square Mile, the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul is home to one of the city’s oldest Presbyterian congregations.


Formed through the merger in 1918 of two older congregations, Saint Andrew’s (est. 1802) and Saint Paul’s (est 1832), and built in the Gothic Revival style, this church was completed in 1932.

The Indiana limestone facade, 135 foot bell tower,


huge stained glass windows,


and the imposing inset archway to the main entrance doors are some of its key exterior features.


The stone carvings of the church’s namesake patron saints are just wonderful – just don’t ask me which one is Saint Andrew and which is Saint Paul 😉










Of course I had to take a stroll to explore around the Redpath Street side of the building


which resulted in the discovery a few more lovely doors.


This one is my favorite because of the way the pointed arches, an element seen in a number of places elsewhere in the building, are repeated in the top panels on the doors – a really nice touch.


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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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54 Responses to Thursday Doors – May 5, 2016

  1. Juhi Bareria says:

    Artistic work and elegant doors- a great combo. Loved this one.


  2. Lake Writer says:

    Oh lucky man to live in Montreal. These are gorgeous doors all. My favourite is #7, just beautiful.

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  3. Those last two doors are beautiful, as is the building.

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  4. lifelessons says:

    My door is more humble than yours this week, Norm, but it is waaaaay more colorful!

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  5. Wonderful doors Norm, so many beautiful images. Downtown Montreal really is a door haven! 🙂

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  7. What a gorgeous building! We have some mighty nice churches in Montreal.

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  8. jesh stg says:

    A beautiful building with a grand entrance for the church, and I love door 3415 the most. I imagine the left one to be Paul,because the sword pointed down is so pronounced, but I could be wrong:)

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous doors, Norm. I love those archways, too.

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  10. You must not go anywhere without keeping an eagle eye out for beautiful or interesting doors…

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      You are correct 😀
      Like other aspects of photography, it gradually becomes second nature. You probably do it yourself: noticing the light, colors and shapes, leading lines, constantly ‘framing’ what you see with your mind’s eye to see if it’ll make an interesting shot. With me it also includes noticing doors.

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      • I certainly do. Whenever the lighting is beautiful I always wish I had someone to photograph. And I always see lots of things I wish were slightly more perfect. For example a perfect door that had a homeless person sleeping in front of it or a glorious window with a window box full of flowers but a garbage can in front of it or a computer screen in the window. Spice of life I suppose.

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  11. facetfully says:

    Beautiful! It looks, to my eye, like the front is not the best part. Just think what has passed under that portico over these many years!

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  12. Amazing church, great photos. I love the one with the ironwork — and they should remove the dang green sign!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks – yes that sign is a bit of an eyesore but how else will visitors know which door to go in for the Scottish Dancing classes? 😉


  13. Nato says:

    Wow! I LOVE some of those side doors. They look almost magical. Like something you would see in the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

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  14. Leah says:

    I won’t ask which saint is which, but I am left wondering if there are two distinct from doors, so there would be one for each saint.

    I am also quite happy you included the second last door with the wrought iron details. Lovely.

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  15. joey says:

    They’re all grand, but that last door is my fave — I love the hardware! 🙂

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  16. joannesisco says:

    It’s a beautiful building all the way around. Like Dan, I keep switching out which door I like best, however in the end, I like the fact that each door has its own personality.

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  17. Oh…I’m so glad you went to the Redpath side…I love the wrought iron on that one door!

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  18. badfish says:

    very cool doors!!

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  19. pommepal says:

    What a magnificent building and of course the doors are outstanding I love the intricate hinges. I am going ramshackle this week…

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  20. I love old stone buildings, so I love this church. My favorite door is the second to the last, the same one Marga likes. Is this church well-attended? I think that’s the saddest thing: churches that reflect the awe of God, but don’t have people attending them.


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Gotta love old stone buildings 🙂
      I’m not sure how well attend it is but I’d guess they have a pretty active congregation if the activities listed on their website are any indication.


  21. One stop viewing for some beautiful doors with wonderful accents, Norm. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. It’s funny because I had originally gone there to capture the doors on the Museum of Fine Arts which is the next door neighbor, but found the church had even nicer doors 🙂

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  22. RuthsArc says:

    Wonderful doors and doorways.

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  23. reocochran says:

    I absolutely love the angles of your doors, showing how tall the building is. The peaks above the main doors becoming crosses are beautiful, Norm. Happy Thursday! 🙂

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  24. Dan Antion says:

    This is a beautiful church Norm. Thanks for the history, too. I often wonder why some churches are St x and St y – I wonder how many times it’s the result of a merger. I was swapping out each door as my favorite, as I continued reading. I love the door with the elaborate iron work, but I like the final door the best. That’s a remarkable entrance!

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  25. Impressive! My favorite is the second last one, because of its elaborate iron work.

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