The church next door.

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, built in 1875 and still going strong, is located just steps from the former Chalmers Presbyterian Church (featured last Thursday) in pretty Elora, Ontario.

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It seems that one can’t go too far in this town without running into attractive doors.

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My apologies for the lack of a photo featuring the entire church – it seems that I was too busy snapping away at bits of the building to remember to make a wider shot.

It wouldn’t be the first time I couldn’t see the forest for the trees 🙂

Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

Adventure awaits.

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One Axe Pursuits, located in Elora, Ontario, is an organization providing adventurous experiences and training in recreational activities such as ziplining and rock climbing.

It operates out of the former Chalmers Presbyterian Church, housed here from 1877-1917. After a number of other community uses over the years, this limestone structure fell into disrepair until it was beautifully restored by the current owners in 2013.

For photos of more interesting doors from around the world, visit Norm 2.0 on Thursdays for his weekly feature, the aptly-named Thursday Doors.

A touch of melancholy.

Yesterday was mild but somewhat grey and gloomy – exactly the kind of day to feed my fascination with old, abandoned buildings.



In the Doon region of Kitchener, I came across tiny Wesleyan Methodist Church, built in 1868, on a dead-end street near the Grand River.

Church doors are often beautiful – even simple, modest ones have an element of grace. If I’m to assume there was once an air of welcome here, it’s been wiped out by neglect, the passage of time, and the bar currently bolted across the entrance.



I read a little about the building here and here. In 1925, it became a United Church, but regular services were no longer offered after 1960.

Apparently the building was sold in 1984, but my brief online search didn’t turn up the identity of the current owner. The structure still stands, but sadly, it’s deteriorating.



Real human beings – ones we’ll never know – laboured to raise this building. They used their hands to lay these bricks and paint these walls.

How quickly our constructs fade and crumble when, for one reason or another, we no longer maintain them.




Thanks for stopping by. Check out all the doors (likely more cheerful than this one) shared by this week’s contributors over at Norm 2.o.