This week I captured a sad moment in time but perhaps best captured in black and white due to the circumstances. On April 14th a devastating fire ripped through the church I attended when I lived in Aurora, Ontario many years ago. Fire crews worked around the clock trying to save the heritage building to no avail.
|Fighting the flames - CTV news photo|
A plaque erected in front of the church says...
"In 1818, Methodists began worshipping here in a log meeting house on land acquired from William Tyler. In 1855, this building was replaced by a more substantial frame structure. It was damaged by fire and replaced in 1878 by the present church, designed by Henry Langley and built of bricks made in the valley two blocks west of this site. In 1893, the church's spires were destroyed by a cyclone. Additions have included a west wing in 1909, narthex in 1957, and north wing in 1987. In 1925, the Aurora Methodist Church became the Aurora United Church."
The architect, Henry Langley, designed the church in the Gothic Revival style. It lost one of its original spires in a great storm in 1893 and both spires were removed in 1943, having been struck by lightning several times. The sanctuary was renovated in 2009.
|The church , as it stood, before the fire - photo by Bhapy Sun|
|After the fire was extinguished and the smoke cleared - CTV news photo|
|View from the front|
|View from the south side|
|View from the north-east|
|View from the south-west|
|Another view from the south-west|
To see the moments best captured in black and white of the other participants, check out the links below...