Church of the Redeemer – Over 140 Years Old

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Church of the Redeemer is located at 162 Bloor St W (at Avenue Rd on the northeast corner) in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto.

Built in 1879, architects Smith & Gemmell designed the Anglican church in the English Gothic style. Made from Georgetown stone with Ohio stone facings, the church features a distinctive bell-gable. Interior architectural highlights include stained glass windows, exposed white brick with red brick band courses, a balcony and ceiling beams with decorative brackets.

Church of the Redeemer received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1973 and has been a neighbourhood landmark for over 140 years.

Church of the Redeemer Photos

2020 – Looking northeast towards the Church of the Redeemer at 162 Bloor St W and Avenue Rd in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto
2020 – Looking northeast towards the Church of the Redeemer at 162 Bloor St W and Avenue Rd in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto
1932 – Looking north from Queens Park, south of Bloor St W towards the Church of the Redeemer at 162 Bloor St W and Avenue Rd. Notice the Alexandra Gates at the intersection of Bloor St W and Queens Park, which are now located at the north entrance of Philosopher’s Walk
1932 – Looking north from Queens Park, south of Bloor St W towards the Church of the Redeemer at 162 Bloor St W and Avenue Rd. Notice the Alexandra Gates at the intersection of Bloor St W and Queens Park, which are now located at the north entrance of Philosopher’s Walk (City of Toronto Archives, Series 372, Sub Series 1, Item 1087)
1890s - Looking northeast towards the Church of the Redeemer at Bloor St W and Avenue Rd. Today, the landmark church is over 140 years old
1890s – Looking northeast towards the Church of the Redeemer at Bloor St W and Avenue Rd. Today, the landmark church is over 140 years old (Toronto Public Library R-1919)
2020 – Looking north up Avenue Rd from Queens Park towards Bloor St W and the Church of the Redeemer
2020 – Looking north up Avenue Rd from Queens Park towards Bloor St W and the Church of the Redeemer
1924 – A constable directing traffic at the intersection of Bloor St W and Avenue Rd, in front of the Church of the Redeemer
1924 – A constable directing traffic at the intersection of Bloor St W and Avenue Rd, in front of the Church of the Redeemer (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 349)
1890s – The interior of the Church of the Redeemer. Notice the stained glass windows, the ceiling beams with decorative brackets and over the altar, the inscription “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy”
1890s – The interior of the Church of the Redeemer. Notice the stained glass windows, the ceiling beams with decorative brackets and over the altar, the inscription “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy” (Toronto Public Library R-1918)
2020 - Bell-gable and weathervane at the Church of the Redeemer
2020 – Bell-gable and weathervane at the Church of the Redeemer
2020 – Church of the Redeemer front entrance on Bloor St W
2020 – Church of the Redeemer front entrance on Bloor St W
2021 – Looking northwest towards the side of the Church of the Redeemer. Notice the Park Hyatt Toronto hotel in the background on the left
2021 – Looking northwest towards the side of the Church of the Redeemer. Notice the Park Hyatt Toronto hotel in the background on the left
2022 – Heritage Toronto plaque crediting architects Smith & Gemmell for the Church of the Redeemer dated 1879
2022 – Heritage Toronto plaque crediting architects Smith & Gemmell for the Church of the Redeemer dated 1879
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