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Metropolitan United Church

 

Metropolitan United Church, McGill Square Church No. 6, Front and Rear Elevations, undated, Henry Langley.

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Metropolitan United Church, McGill Square Church No. 11, Details of the Front Entrance under Tower, Plan, Section, Elevation, undated, Henry Langley.

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Metropolitan United Church, McGill Square Church No. 10, Miscellaneous details of ceiling, Elevation of front seats, undated. Henry Langley.

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Metropolitan United Church, Proposed New Organ - McGill Square Church: Toronto, Elevation, Plan, 15 March [1871], Henry Langley.

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Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East. In 1868, the Methodist church purchased the former McGill estate property , a square block of 3 ½ acres, bounded by Queen Street on the south, Shuter Street on the north, Church Street on the east and Bond Street on the west. A design competition was held and although Langley took second prize in the competition he was ultimately awarded the commission when William Storm’s plans exceeded the limit set for the construction budget. The Langley designed church, with seating for over 1900 people, was often referred to as the “Cathedral of Methodism.” It was dedicated in 1872, and lasted until January 30, 1928, when a fire consumed the main church building, with only the tower, narthex and rear balcony of the original Langley design being saved. The reconstructed church was designed by J. Gibb Morton and opened in December 1929.

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Metropolitan Methodist Church, photograph, interior, ca 1899. Toronto Public Library (TRL): T 10667

East Toronto Band at Metropolitan Methodist Church, photograph by A. A. Martin, 1908. Toronto Public Library (TRL): T 31434

Metropolitan Methodist Church, photograph, looking southwest. 1872? Toronto Public Library (TRL): T 10654

Metropolitan Methodist Church, photograph, ca 187-? Toronto Public Library (TRL): T 10653

Metropolitan Methodist Church, photograph, looking northwest, Notman and Fraser, 1873? Toronto Public Library (TRL): T 10656

A.H. Howard, artist. Illuminated manuscript presented to Thomas G. Mason, Board Secretary, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, 1906. Octavo, Manuscript Collection, Baldwin Room.

Subscription in aid of Wesleyan Missions, 1873. VS box, Broadsides & Printed Ephemera Collection, Baldwin Room.

Cornerstone Laying, Metropolitan United Church, 24 August 1870. VS box, Broadsides & Printed Ephemera Collection, Baldwin Room.

125th Anniversary, 1818-1943, Metropolitan United Church. A. Norman Sands Local History Collection, Special Collections Centre.

At the beginning of the second century, 1818-1928, Metropolitan United Church. A. Norman Sands Local History Collection, Special Collections Centre.

Dedication of the Great Organ, Metropolitan United Church, 1904. A. Norman Sands Local History Collection, Special Collections Centre.

The Metropolitan United Church. A. Norman Sands Local History Collection, Special Collections Centre.

 

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