Thursday Doors – November 17, 2016

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Église du Sacré-Coeur – Stanstead, Québec

Earlier this year we spent a few days exploring Québec’s Eastern Townships near the border with Vermont.

Driving around the town of Stanstead we got a glimpse of this red brick beauty between the trees.


Of course one of the first things I wonder about when I see another big old church is what the doors must be like 😉


We circled back to take a closer look and were not disappointed.


Église du Sacré-Coeur is a catholic church that was originally built 1875 and 1877 and then partially rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1915.


I was unable to find any photographs from the original building before the fire but through my research I found that the rebuild included a more intricate facade and a bigger, taller bell tower.


The oddest thing about this church is the choice by the architect and builder to use red brick, particularly since the village of Stanstead is actually located in the heart of one of the biggest granite production regions on the continent.


As is often the case these days, we tried the door to see if we could take a peak inside, but being mid-week it was locked.

So instead I took a few extra minutes to walk around the entire building to check out all of the other doors.


The Parrish is still on of the most active in the region and the church does see a fair amount of use at various times of the year for concerts as well as regular Sunday services.


On our way back to the car I turned around for one last look. I don’t know if it was the relaxing effects of being on vacation, but the whole scene of this majestic building sitting on this wonderful big tree-filled lot, with the red, the green, and the bright blue sky; it all felt so peaceful and soothing that I had to try to capture that sensation in one last shot.


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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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66 Responses to Thursday Doors – November 17, 2016

  1. reocochran says:

    Unfortunately, I am not scaling back although I visit people usually only during weekends, Norm. I hope all goes well and wish you luck, as well as blessings in your boutique business endeavor. ❤
    I loved the red brick with gorgeous steeple, white details and the circular window with white (cement?) bricks and intricate pattern displayed.
    Every door post you do is fascinating and shows so much more than just doors!
    Hope your feast will be a splendid one, enjoy and relax in the warmth of family. 🙂

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  2. Norm you live in the most beautiful architectural place… Stunning church, and until I saw the details I never would have thought Catholic, since I am used to Southern California Catholic and Roman Catholic. Red doors, also, never say Catholic to me.

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  3. amoralegria says:

    I especially liked the little white door _ it reminds me of a chirch I visited in Ohio once with a “death’s door” which led right to the graveyard.

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  4. Love old churches…. pity it was locked :-/

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  5. Alice says:

    Hooray for red doors! Love your site and will visit again.

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  6. That last shot is stunning! I don’t think I’ve ever seen double entry doors in red. It lends very well to the majestic nature of the building! 🙂

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  7. jesh stg says:

    Impressive building! Wow, did they replicate the original Sacre Coeur in Paris? Although the red brick and white give it a very different impression:)

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    Great door, love the house!!

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  9. Beautiful shots, Norm! I love red doors, so this was a wonderful treat to my eyes! 🙂

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  10. cwaugh212 says:

    Wonderful pictures of a truly spectacular church.

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  11. I love that last shot, Norm. I looks good enough to be a postcard – you should offer some prints to the local tourist office.:)

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  12. prior.. says:

    the third photo down is my fav of them all – it is like the twins (two doors) are hiding beneath the ledge – but wonderful architecture throughout.

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  13. Ludwig says:

    Neat, neat! You have some wonderful windows there too!

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  14. Cee Neuner says:

    Gorgeous church doors and photos.
    Here is my entry for this week.

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  15. GP Cox says:

    Whoa! That sure didn’t come out the way it appeared in the gallery. Sorry aboiut the size and angle. Feel free to delete!!

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  16. Love the red doors. Maybe they were inspired by the story of the three little pigs. lol I would have love to see it before the fire.

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  17. joey says:

    That really is a peaceful, beautiful capture — that blue sky has a way of making everything look clean and fresh. Thanks for sharing those tranquil moments.

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  18. Dan Antion says:

    I love the deep red brick, Norm, especially as it’s set off by the stone accents at the windows and doors. It’s funny how, when we see a building, our first thoughts go to “ooh, there might be a door :)”

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  19. jazzytower says:

    This sounded like a really nice getaway. Peaceful. NICE capture throughout.

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  20. marianallen says:

    Beautiful! I love that brickwork and stonework, and especially the combinations of the two. Nice doors, too!

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  21. ianbcross says:

    Norm, what am I doing wrong? The URL of my blog post doesn’t work. Maybe it is because it is https:// I have tried to link it to the site without much luck. Can you talk me through it? Sorry to use your comments for this, perhaps you could email me off site. Ian

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  22. tgeriatrix says:

    What a pretty church!

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  23. What a beauty! I bet the inside is gorgeous too. I had the same thought that Janet did about using the red brick rather than granite. The architect probably wanted to do something bold and different I suspect.
    Great find Norm!

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  24. What a joy it would be to come here very Sunday, although I find it sad that churches now have to be locked at other times, instead of being places to come to rest, repent, or simply relax. Maybe the brick was used just because everything else was granite, to have something different and certainly beautiful. The red doors are great, too.


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  25. bikerchick57 says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous church, Norm. You did a fabulous job capturing the beauty of the church, doors and setting. Love the red brick and red doors and would also be curious to see the inside…if it’s just as wonderful as the outside. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Joanne Sisco says:

    Like you, I get excited when I see a spire or bell tower peaking out from the tops of trees. Occasionally I’m disappointed but usually not ☺
    The last photo – your zen shot – is my favorite. I like the way you captured the entire building snuggled so perfectly in the trees.

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  27. You captured the beauty of this church quite well, Norm. Everything including the doors, facade, and brick look like they are meticulously maintained. It was a lovely find. 🙂

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  28. willowdot21 says:

    How perverse to build a brick church of this size as you say, it is “located in the heart of one of the biggest granite production regions on the continent.” No accounting for natural resources then. It however a beautiful building and the doors are epic. 😊 xx

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  29. Nato says:

    Lovely place! I am starting to think that Canada is the land of glorious churches. It may need to be readjusted on my bucket list in a higher priority…especially since our elections are over. It seems like a wonderful place to take a doorscursion or two or thirty.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Michelle. The province of Québec, especially with our Roman Catholic heritage, has a lot of grand old (by new world standards) churches and cathedrals. Montreal, the Eastern Townships, and then Québec City would make a nice itinerary for a 7-10 trip. And my reciprocal doorscursion offer stands. If you guys do make it up this way, we’ll be happy to show you around a bit if our schedules allow it.
      Plus things are gonna he hopping here all next year. Montreal will be celebrating it’s 375th birthday in 2017 and Canada is turning 150. You can tell I’m in sales and marketing, right? 😀

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  30. Vicky says:

    Beautiful colors. Red brick, red doors and the white paint contrast… it all looks so fresh. Doors and windows are all very attractive too, what a lovely place…

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