St. John’s Anglican Church – Lunenburg
We’re back with more doors from beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia this week.
All of the ones in this batch come from the same building, which of course usually means one thing: Church doors – whooohooo!
Built in 1753-54 St. John’s Anglican Church is the second oldest protestant church in Canada, after St. Paul’s in Halifax which was built a few years earlier.
It is considered one of the country’s best examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture, a style that uses wood rather than the traditional stone for all of its architectural features.
Where there is wood however, there is always a danger of fire and after almost 250 years St. John’s was finally hit with its own devastating fire back in November of 2001 when a late night blaze tore through the rafters and the upper portion of the structure.
Being both a provincial and national heritage building meant that some serious decisions had to be made about the building’s future. Thankfully instead of tearing down what was left and building a new church, the congregation chose to undertake a seven million dollar project to restore and replicate, in order to have the rebuilt church resemble the original as much as possible.
Despite the fact that I was unable to capture the main entrance doors, I did find a charming variety of interesting doors on St. John’s.
At the time of our visit there was a concert going on and since it was a hot summer day the main doors were left open to allow air to circulate – hence no photos of the inside either 😦
But as you can see, a full walk-around allowed for some fun discoveries.
And here are my two favourite little finds from my walk-around. The larger one seems to be some kind of chute access door and the much narrower one on the bottom, well I have no idea – but it sure is cute though.
Let me know if you have any ideas.
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