Thursday Doors – January 23, 2020

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 your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Église Saint-Esprit – Saint-Esprit, Québec

There’s nothing like the charm of an elegant small-town church, and even doubly so in winter 🙂

While out on a recent drive that netted me last week’s post of some lovely barns and farm scenes I saw a steeple off in the distance.

It was calling out to me.

So I followed the roads that took me towards the pointy tower that stood out on the horizon, all the way into the sleepy little town of Saint Esprit.

Construction on the first church of Saint Esprit was built on this site in 1801 when the Archbishop of Québec gave his thumbs up for the local parishioners to build on a piece of land reserved for the church right in the center of town.

It was a smaller, simpler structure than the one found here today. The walls were made of field stones collected from local farmer’s fields, and it had a simple shingle roof.

Construction on that first church took a number of years, with additions and expansions going on until 1823.

In 1841 a tornado tore down the steeple and bell tower, and then near the end of the century a major fire and resulting water damage led the parish to the decision to demolish the structure in 1901.

Construction on the new church began the following year. The town had grown a lot in a 100 years so the second was much bigger. Built in the neo-gothic style with a durable galvanized tin roof, it was considered one of the nicest churches in the Joliette Diocese north of Montréal.

Did I mention it was a cold day?

Unfortunately fire struck again in the overnight hours on May 9th, 1931 and the 2nd church burned to the ground.

Almost immediately plans were set in place and funds were raised to rebuild, and less than a year later the cornerstone was put in place for the building we see today.

Built at a cost of $84,000 it took local builders less than 2 years to finish the structure in 1933, though artisans were brought in from Montréal and from around the province to complete the interior decorations for several more years after the initial construction.

Being a rural farming community town growth has stalled at around 2000, so the current church should be more than big enough to meet demand for years to come.

The Québec countryside is dotted with small towns like Saint Esprit and almost every town has a church of its own.

More than enough to keep me busy with doors for many Thursdays to come.

Our lastest cold spell has broken so if all goes well I’ll be taking advantage of the milder temps to head into town for a thorough doorscursion this weekend.

In the meantime as always, I thank you for stopping in 🙂

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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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82 Responses to Thursday Doors – January 23, 2020

  1. Sartenada says:

    Lightning is the worst enemy of wooden churches in my country.. I love the last photo most.

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  2. sounds like they had a lot of bad luck. Hopefully, there won’t be any more fires. nice red doors.

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  3. joey says:

    What an amazing history of loss and reconstruction. This place should be Eglise Tenacite! The people must have been incredibly devoted to both faith and perseverance. I love the red doors with the dove, it’s a beautiful entrance and the dove is a sweet, simple detail.

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  4. What a nice adventure! Beautiful steeple and angel. I love the dove of the bright red doors. The history of the church is very sad, but the people tenacious in rebuilding it each time. Hope you have warmer weather soon.

    Here’s the beginning of my Italy’s travels. I see why your loved your trip so much. We had a very memorable and overall wonderful trip. And … so many doors!!

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  5. slfinnell says:

    Love that you’re hitting up the small Canadian towns. Look forward to more beauties! Safe travels. My link:

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  6. TCast says:

    This is so lovely Norm, especially in winter. Here is mine

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  7. Love that deep mahogany red on the doors. They really pop out against the stone. Here’s my contribution for this week:

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  8. Debbie Smyth says:

    Trekking around and following the spire sounds fun. And what a history that church has had.
    I’ve got a couple of doors that seem to needing some care and attention.

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  9. Pistachios says:

    Seems like I’m not the only one wondering why so many churches catch fire and burn down! It’s almost like some kind of bad omen… But seems like these churches always get rebuilt, so maybe not.

    Also, it must be wonderful to be able to explore like that – to spot something intriguing in the distance, and just wander over to it!

    Here is my post for the week:

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  10. Howdy Norm, thanks for sharing some cheery red on this dreary rainy day (here). Loved the intricate frost designs. Here’s my contribution for this week:

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  11. It’s beautiful! Long may it stand!! What history it has.

    Here’s my door post for this week

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  12. Handsome church and nice doors and windows. This is an all around beautiful church constructed to last for generations. Applause to the original craftsmen and the caretakers along the way.

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  13. Norm, great doors, my favorite door in winter are the red ones! One question, is that frost inside on those windows? And I liked the look of that steamy thing too! Just sayin’ ! Here is my Post for today!

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  14. Your many towns with pretty churches remind me of my many town with infinite doors. I’m happy for both of us.

    This Sunday I was to a sanctuary. Here’s a look.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yes Manja, rural Quebec is a lot like rural Italy. Agriculture based, with lots of little towns each with their own Catholic church – though most of our small town churches are nowhere near as fancy as the ones in Italy 😉

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  15. I like the Ruby Red. I forgot to join in this week!

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  16. marianallen says:

    I’d love to see that original church. Wonderful structure now, though. Love those arches and fanlights! But my favorite has to be the skinny red door. 🙂 There ARE doors in my post today, but they take back seat to the beer truck.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian. I would love to see the original church too – I’m a sucker for field stone structures.I found a few old photos of the 2nd church online but sadly none of the first one.


  17. Great doors, Norm 👏 Love the three side by side with the huge window above 😁 Here’s mine:

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  18. TiongHan says:

    As always, a glorious set of doors Norm. I echo Dan in liking the last oone most.

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  19. I think the snowy surroundings certainly add to the images, Norm. A few doors from a nearby biker bar.

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  20. If it stays chilly bundle up for the “doorscursion”, I’ll bet these outlying communities have more treasures just like this one.

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  21. This door was recently painted over for a Christmas piece. I can’t wait to see what will replace that one on my next visit there.

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  22. Beautiful church, so glad it has survived all those unfortunate events over the decades. The snow really sets off those red doors. Here’s mine for this week, thanks Norm.

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  23. A Scottish door today. I would have liked it to be bigger, but this picture totally suited the poem in the post. The deserted feel it has…

    I forgot to link up to Norm, so I’ll quickly go back and edit!

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  24. Joanne Sisco says:

    My thoughts were along the same line as Dan’s. Fire and churches seem to walk hand-in-hand. I’m guessing all those burning candles are a recipe for disaster.

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  25. tgeriatrix says:

    Lots of fires – but always built up again.
    I looked for sth different today:

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  26. Sheree says:

    Very handsome doors!

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  27. That history is a long and convoluted way to bring these lovely doors to you!

    This week my door is a reminder of last century:

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  28. The picture with the pipes is a writing prompt all by itself!

    If I ever manage to write a poem or short story for it, may I perhaps borrow the picture for the blog post on it?

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  29. What a quaint church.. love the doors and jealous of the snow 😀 😀 😀 . Here is my contribution for your challenge

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  30. Those are some handsome doors, Norm. What a history with all those fires! Each village having a church is just the way it is in France, which of course is the history of many of the settlers in your area as well. You’ll have plenty to see on your doorscursions.


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Janet. Yes I would imagine it’s very similar to rural France which is where many of the first settlers came from. I think I read somewhere that at one point there was even a royal proclamation that in settled areas there could not be more than X amount of miles between churches, so that worshipers never had to travel too far to get to service on Sunday.

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  31. Solid doors in the snow. Nice ice rime in the windows. My Hungarian doors continue

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    By the way, I think I like that last door the best.

    My post is at

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  33. Dan Antion says:

    This is a small but grand church, Norm. At first glance, I would have guessed it was much older. It’s amazing how many churches have the line in their history “rebuilt after previous church was destroyed by fire.” This church is certainly a testament to the spirit of the people in this town.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. One of these days I gonna have to do some research on this to see if there’s a common cause for a lot of these church fires. I mean is it from those unattended candles left burning all the time? Or just the fact that the buildings are unoccupied a good part of the time? There has to be a logical explanation…

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