Thursday Doors – August 25, 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 St-Lin-Laurentides, Québec – or When Life Gives You Lemons

Earlier this summer we went on a little doorscursion in the town of St-Lin-Laurentides, northeast of Montréal.

My original intention was to check out a National Historic Site that we’d driven past countless times, always meaning to stop “one day when we had more time.”

The site in question was the childhood/family home of this guy:


Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s first Francophone Prime Minister was also our longest consecutively-serving one, holding the highest office in the land for over 15 consecutive years from July 1896 until October of 1911.

He is admired by many historians for having been a great orator, in both official languages, as well as for his strong defense of personal rights and liberties, his constant push for greater autonomy from the British monarchy, and his ability to unify the English and French political factions within the country.

Few would argue that he earned his place on our five dollar bill.


Yes, it promised to be a fun visit and I was very much looking forward to being impressed by a wonderful big old Québecois style fieldstone farmhouse with lots of lovely doors.

Now cue the sound of screeching brakes….



Needless to say this modest little brick ‘shack’ with, sadly not a single interesting door, was NOT what I was expecting.

Gloss over the signs on display that recount his modest, humble family upbringing, hard work, perseverance, focus on education, eventual rise to greatness…blah, blah, blah.

Hey Yo! Whaddya mean there’s no fancy doors here?! 😦

Time to shift gears.

So when life gives you lemons, or at least underwhelming doors, you look upwards to find the nearest steeple. Because when you’re hunting for doors, places of worship will rarely let you down 😉

And wouldn’t you know it, not a three minute walk from the old Laurier home sits this beauty built between 1887 and 1890:




As if often the case with these places nowadays, the doors are only open to the public during ‘business hours’ on Sundays or for special events, so sadly we were unable to go inside.


I found this old image on the McCord Museum website that was taken not long after construction was completed in 1890 – it is amazing how little has changed in over 125 years.

Church, St. Lin, QC, about 1890 1885-1895, 19th century. Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen Process 23.3 x 20 cm Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs MP-0000.984.12 © McCord Museum

Church, St. Lin, QC, about 1890
1885-1895, 19th century. Silver salts on paper mounted on card – Albumen Process 23.3 x 20 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.984.12 – © McCord Museum

The only addition being the statues of Jesus and Mary that were added not long after WWI.


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As always I thank you for looking 🙂

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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64 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 25, 2016

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  2. Those doors are beauties! Glad you spotted them and that the door excursion wasn’t a bust 🙂

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  3. Geen Geenie says:

    Wow, who knew door enthusiasts were a thing? (not me). But I love it, and find the Thursday Doors idea intriguing. I may have to take inspiration from this and make a Thursday Doors post of my own…I’ll link you when i do!

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  4. You are right about church doors Norm, these are truly spectacular. 🙂

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  5. I love that little red brick house, the church is impressive enough, but that wee house does it for me, Norm. 🙂

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  6. prior.. says:

    amazing to see how little has changed in all those years and loved this line: or at least underwhelming doors, you look upwards to find the nearest steeple
    and in downtown fredericksburg I am always amazed at how many steeples there are – so many.
    anyhow I love the arches of the doors and the doors….

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  7. Vicky says:

    A magnificent church, sky and doors…made up for the disappointment!

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  8. Helen Jones says:

    Churches are always good for excellent doors, aren’t they? Great exercise in turning lemons into lemonade 🙂

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  9. jesh stg says:

    Am confused about the lemons. I thought this was a person you admired?

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  10. You know your hunches about churches very well. Fantastic shots of churches and their doors!

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  12. jan says:

    I knew you’d find a fancy door! Love seeing the black and white photo of the church in the old days. Sadly I have no doors today but I’ll pop around and see the others!

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  15. Lynne Ayers says:

    Good recovery on your mission, Norm. You have some nice shots of a church instead 🙂 Here’s my link – (I don’t see my ping back) –

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  16. yhealthy2000 says:

    Hello Norm,
    So I did post my 2nd door picture and went on InLinkz. When I clicked on my contribution, the page failed to come up. What am I doing wrong? Sorry to bug you. But I would love this Thursday Doors! My photo link is ‎….thank you very much.

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  18. marianallen says:

    Nice recovery! I love the stonework on those arches.

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  19. My uncle loves looking at churches. He set off an alarm one time trying to get in one. That church does have some pretty doors.

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  20. Love reading your posts, they are such great fun…I think you did a wonderful job on finding and sharing new and interesting doors.

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  24. Amazing church!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe for lemonaide.

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  25. joey says:

    I understand your lemon issue and I say, Well done with the lemonade 🙂

    Laurier must have been some kinda fabulous, and it’s great he had humble beginnings and rose to greatness…
    But that church can brag all it wants! Gorgeous! Great doors!

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  26. cwaugh212 says:

    This looks very much like my doors from last week.

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  27. joannesisco says:

    You made the discovery of a plain door into an entertaining read 🙂
    As always, Norm, these are great photos. I like the skewed composition on the photo of Sir Wilf.

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  28. Great lemonade, Norm, and a chance to see another beautiful church. Love his little house, though.


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  29. Handsome construction and beautiful doors even if it did take extra time. 🙂

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  30. bikerchick57 says:

    There is nothing worse than boring doors. Glad you found and could share the church doors with us. They are beautiful!

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  31. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful doors, Norm. When in need, head for the nearest church 😉 I like the humble beginnings of such an important figure. Maybe that helped him accomplish the great things he was able to do.

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  32. katieprior says:

    Is that “brick shack” a new build? Well done for your perseverance, it paid off in the end! Enjoy your break 🙂

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  33. reocochran says:

    Norm, always good to know how to transform lemons into lemonade!
    This first building, although a modest home, reminds me of many older and special homes I have been inside. Just imagine the discussions and warm and iy elevates in my mind to a palace. A fine leader lived here. . .
    Aww, but you proceeded to find an elegant and graceful church! This has beautiful stonework and I always love red doors and white stone arches! Lovely that the postcard photo was included by you, too. 🙂

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