The Church of the Redeemeris an Anglican church in Toronto, Canada. The small church is prominently located at the intersection of Bloor Street and Avenue Road.®Õ?? It was founded in 1871 when the area was still on the fringe of the city. As with many other downtown churches the Church of the Redeemer suffered from falling attendance in the late twentieth century. The church ran into severe financial difficulties and in 1979 the parish voluntarily disestablished itself and was taken over by the®Õ?? Anglican Diocese of Toronto. The church lands were sold to developers and the massiveå¦ÌÀ Four Seasons Renaissance Centre was built on them. With the money from this deal the church was again solvent and regained its independence. The money also paid for much needed renovations. In 2000 the church launched a major renovation project as extra meeting space and offices were constructed under the building.
The church is known for its progressive stance on social issues, especiallygay rights. Noted by passersby for its prominent sign, often featuring a quotation or thought for meditation. The church is also known to host a range of musical events and concerts. For example, Canadian group Great Lake Swimmerså¦ÌÀ played two shows at the Church of the Redeemer on April 14, 2007.
Crightonism: I like the fact that this is an Anglican Church as my father was a minister of that faith. Furthermore, I like the juxtaposition of the "Old-Gothic" set against the "Modern-Condominium" architectural styles. This gives my illustration various perspectives.