Thursday Doors – July 14, 2016

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Christ Church – Rawdon, Québec

Despite the primarily French Roman Catholic heritage in the province of Québec, Anglican churches are not that hard to find in Montréal and its neighboring communities.


Yes the area was extensively explored and settlements founded by the French in the early to mid 1600’s, but the region changed hands between the British and the French a number of times over a 200-year period and this also brought us successive generations of early immigrants from England, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as France.

Today the Anglican Diocese of Montréal is made up of some 250 churches, including this old stone beauty in the village of Rawdon about an hour drive northeast of the city, in the Lanaudière region.


The parish was founded there in 1821 a few years after English, Irish, and Scottish settlers with King’s land grants in hand, moved into the area to set up a farming community.


The first church at this location was a log structure that was woefully inadequate. Then in 1834 a wooden church was built that it turned out, wasn’t much better.


The stone church that stands there today was started in 1857, and has been actively serving the Anglican community in the area ever since.


As I took a walk around the building I discovered a few lovely red doors along the side of this beautiful structure.


I got to chat a bit with the groundskeeper who told me they had received Provincial Heritage Building Status about ten years ago which helped with financing for some of the major structural repairs that were needed at the time.


I was also told that a few years later the parish found out how Heritage Building status can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Yes it gives them access to public funds for some of their critical upkeep, but it also requires them by law to use much more expensive original materials for any repairs or renovations they do.

For example in 2010 when the roof needed to be re-shingled, they found themselves being told by government officials that the modern asphalt shingles on the roof at the time would be have to be replaced with original cedar ones at a much higher cost!


Mind you it does add something nice to the look, don’t you think?

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About Norm 2.0

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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62 Responses to Thursday Doors – July 14, 2016

  1. Rashminotes says:

    I love the red doors:)

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  2. joesfotowelt says:

    Norm, nice exampels. Here is my entry for this challenge : greetings Joe

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  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Such a sweet little church and I appreciate the information about the complications of being declared a Heritage status. I agree the original materials make it look authentic and beautiful. But the red doors, well they steal the show.

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  4. Red doors!! My favourite! 😉
    Beautiful church

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  5. RuthsArc says:

    Beautiful contrasts of doors and stone work.

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  6. pommepal says:

    What a beautifully maintained church Norm. Love those vibrant red doors. This is my last post for a while (I’ve combined a few challenges) but I will drop by now and again. I’ve enjoyed the series and I know I will continue to look for and photograph doors.

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  7. reocochran says:

    I really was blessed to see the elaborate and beautiful stonework on this Quebec church, Norm. ❤ I liked the red doors and someone once write in one of my door posts with a red doored church that it represented still owing money to the bank. I also never looked or checked on it, Norm.:)

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  8. What a gorgeous building, and those red front doors with iron work hardware is stunning. Add to that all the other red windows and doors it’s simply gorgeous! I hope they’re always able to find the funds to keep it maintained. I want to see it inside now.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deborah. I have to admit I’m kinda curious to see the inside too. It’s not too far from home and we have friends who live near there so who knows, maybe one Sunday I’ll swing by when they’re open.

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  9. What a fabulous series, Norm! Love the stone building and, most especially, that red door! The red windows are great too. 🙂

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  10. klara says:

    beautiful church, very nicely restored.

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  11. Cee Neuner says:

    I adore the red with the stone colors. Wonderful doors from you as always 😀
    Here is my entry for this week. One old door and one rather new.

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  12. The red doors go along so beautifully with the stonework. Great find this week!

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  13. Candy says:

    Fabulous find!

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  14. I love the colour of that stonework – and those red doors and windows – and the black hinges. All my favourites in one post. Thanks, Norm 🙂

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  15. My uncle loves looking at churches. I have never seen a church with red windows.

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  16. jan says:

    Looks like a church you’d see in England!

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  17. dennyho says:

    Love the red church door and window. Churches have so many wonderful architectural features worth highlighting…

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  18. You know, this is how churches should look. A small church with a close by cemetery. Great pictures.

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  19. What a gorgeous country church! There is a simplicity and I love the RED doors. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. facetfully says:

    What a stunning little church!

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  21. Nato says:

    What a great looking place (and roof)!! I just love the whole thing: stones, arches and red doors. I can see the need to be historically registered and the reason for original looking repairs in that case. Of course, that does not make money any easier to find. How wonderful that you got to chat with the grounds keeper!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Michelle. Yes the groundskeeper even tried to do a little recruiting by suggesting I come back for Sunday service in order to see how pretty it was inside too 🙂


  22. Both you and Joey have stunning red doors today! I am noticing so many red doors on churches, I think a little research is in order (unless someone can tell me why this is so prevalent?)

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I keep meaning to do some research on this myself, so by all means go ahead and report back 🙂
      I was always under the impression it represented the blood of Christ, but I don’t know if that’s true or even how I came to that conclusion…

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  23. joey says:

    Oh I love this one. I will go all SNL and say This post has everything! 🙂 Stone, fab hardware, red doors, wooden side door, interesting windows, texture galore. Great doors!

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  24. The last installment of my Paris doors is this week. Thank you for giving me inspiration as I wandered through Paris Norm. Please check it out.

    Love the red doors by the way!


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  25. The red adds just the right accent to that lovely church.

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  26. joannesisco says:

    The comment about heritage buildings needing to use original materials in repairs and renovations is a very interesting piece of information. That certainly would add to the complexity of maintaining these old beauties.

    What I found interesting about this church were the stone ‘wings’ along the side. I wonder if they were a design flourish or had a structural purpose.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. Yes heritage status can be as much a pain as a blessing. We heard this from a few people when we were in Lunenburg last year too.
      Generally you’ll find those buttresses on older buildings. They tried to design them to be pleasing to the eye, but they’re used for lateral structural support of the walls.
      Engineering and building design have evolved over the years but back then the outer walls often would bear the load for most of the weight of the roof – hence the need for extra support for the walls.

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  27. marianallen says:

    What a beaut! I love every part and aspect. And thanks for lingering on the vestibule. You know how I love me a vestibule. Or, as our youngest said it, a bestibugle.

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  28. This is a wonderful building, and the red trim on the doors and windows just makes it pop. The history attached to this building allows the mind to wander and think about the craftsmen who hauled that stone in and placed each one to erect that beautiful building so we could still admire it today. Handsome doors and trim, Norm. 🙂

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  29. Dan Antion says:

    Stone building – arched-red doors – beautiful transom window – history included, all in one low price – Wow, Norm, this is a winning door! Assuming the cedar shingles were applied properly, they should outlast the asphalt shingles by quite a bit. At least the original roof wasn’t slate (although, that might have still been in good shape.)

    Heritage status is a mixed blessing. I did some repairs on a home with that designation and we had to do a lot of things that were a pain in the butt, just to comply.

    Great doors today – thanks for walking around.

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    • If they don’t make strict rules in Heritage buildings then you have NO IDEA what people with no discernment will do. You think, they will make a decent substitute (because, of course, sometimes you cannot use the same materials, as in lead pipes.) NO! Lime Green tiles on that nice church building because I got a deal…. just joking, but I could (and probably should) write about the disasters I’ve seen working with NPS buildings.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. I understand and agree with the idea of having rules in place for repairs and renos on heritage status buildings, but it was interesting to hear about the downside too.

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  30. What a gorgeous stone church. norm, and the red is gorgeous with it.


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