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Elm Street Methodist Church

 

Elm Street Methodist Church, Enlargement of Methodist Church, Elm Street, North Elevation, East Elevation, 14 May 1877, Langley, Langley & Burke.

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Elm Street Methodist Church, Enlargement of Methodist Church, Elm Street, Ceiling Plan, Section looking South, Plan at cap of column, Section of Plaster Cornice in church, Section of Ceiling Ribs, Plan of cap of Iron Column, 14 May 1877, Langley, Langley & Burke.

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Elm Street Methodist Church, Enlargement of Methodist Church, Elm Street, Front Elevation, 14 May 1877, Langley, Langley & Burke.

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Elm Street Methodist Church was established to accommodate the expanding membership of Richmond Street Methodist Church. In 1852, land was purchased on the north side of Elm Street between Yonge and Terauley (now Bay Street). A rough cast building was constructed on the new site and the church operated at this location until the structure was destroyed by fire in September 1861. The insurance settlement allowed for construction of a new building on Elm Street, but the continued growth of congregation soon necessitated expansion of the church. In spring of 1877, Langley, Langley and Burke were hired to expand the existing building. The enlarged church was described in Robertson’s Landmarks of Toronto as early English Gothic, and constructed of white brick with stone facings.

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Elm Street Methodist Church, interior, photograph, ca. 1880. Toronto Public Library (TRL): T 32904

Elm Street Methodist Church, photograph by J.V. Salmon, 15 February 1954. Toronto Public Library (TRL) J.V. Salmon Collection: S 1-494

Elm Street Methodist Church, photograph by Octavius Thompson, Toronto in the Camera, 1868.

 

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