East End United – Once Eastminster United Church

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1924 – Looking northwest towards Danforth Avenue Methodist Church located at Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave; the year the church building was completed. Today it’s home to East End United
1924 – Looking northwest towards Danforth Avenue Methodist Church located at Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave. Today it’s home to East End United (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 2666)

East End United Church, originally Danforth Avenue Methodist Church and later Eastminster United, is located at 310 Danforth Ave (at Jackman Ave on the northwest corner) in the Playter Estates-Danforth neighbourhood of Toronto.

Built in 1923/24 at the cost of $150,000, architect George Martel Miller designed the red brick church in the Gothic Revival style. The first service was held in the late Spring of 1924, and so many people arrived that there was not enough room for everyone. Pastor JJ Coulter jokingly said, “We would have built a larger church if we thought you would come every Sunday.” The following year, the church was renamed Danforth United.

By the 1950s, the church membership exceeded 1,700.

In 1966, North Broadview United Church joined Danforth United and, through a vote by the congregation, was renamed Eastminster United. Stained glass windows were moved from North Broadview United and installed in the sanctuary.

In 1984, Donlands United joined the congregation. A stained glass window was also brought from Donlands United and added to the church’s sanctuary.

In 2018, Eastminster United joined with Cosburn United and Glen Rhodes United and is called East End United today.

The building received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 2022.

East End United Church Photos

2021 – Looking north toward East End United, previously Eastminster United Church, located at 310 Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave in the Playter Estates-Danforth neighbourhood of Toronto
2021 – Looking north toward East End United, previously Eastminster United Church, located at 310 Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave in the Playter Estates-Danforth neighbourhood of Toronto
1924 – Looking northwest towards Danforth Avenue Methodist Church located at Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave; the year the church building was completed. Today it’s home to East End United
1924 – Looking northwest towards Danforth Avenue Methodist Church located at Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave; the year the church building was completed. Today it’s home to East End United (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 2666)
2021 – Looking northwest towards East End United, previously Eastminster United Church located at 310 Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave
2021 – Looking northwest towards East End United, previously Eastminster United Church located at 310 Danforth Ave and Jackman Ave
Mid-1920s – Looking northeast along Danforth Ave toward Danforth Avenue Methodist Church, today’s East End United Church
Mid-1920s – Looking northeast along Danforth Ave toward Danforth Avenue Methodist Church, today’s East End United Church (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 2237)
2021 – Looking northeast along Danforth Ave toward East End United Church, originally Danforth Avenue Methodist Church
2021 – Looking northeast along Danforth Ave toward East End United Church, originally Danforth Avenue Methodist Church
Mid-1920s – Looking northwest along Danforth Ave from east of Jackman Ave toward Danforth Avenue Methodist Church, today’s East End United Church
Mid-1920s – Looking northwest along Danforth Ave from east of Jackman Ave toward Danforth Avenue Methodist Church, today’s East End United Church (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 2207)
SOURCE
  • City of Toronto Heritage Register: 310 Danforth Ave
  • The Globe Newspaper Archives: Jun 2, 1924, pg 13
  • The Toronto Daily Star Newspaper Archives: Jun 5, 1924, pg 4
  • East End United: History
  • Photos: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
  • Vintage Photos: City of Toronto Archives

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