Hare Krishna Temple – originally Church of the Covenant

Hare Krishna Temple – International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), originally Church Of The Covenant, is located at 243 Avenue Rd (at Roxborough St W on the northeast corner) in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto.

Built-in 1897/99, architects Gordon and Helliwell designed the church in the Gothic Romanesque Revival style. It was constructed with Credit Valley stone at the cost of $12,000, and with the land was valued at $13,000.

In 1906/07, a large extension was added on the west side of the original church. The architecture firm of Symons & Rae designed the present-day structure, and it became home to Avenue Road Presbyterian Church. Built with Kingson limestone, the total cost of the new building was $50,000. There is a sketch of the original church below, before the addition.

In the years to come, the church later became Avenue Road United Church, then the Church of the Nazarene. Finally, in 1975/76, the Hare Krishna organization took the church building over as its temple.

The building received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1974 and Ontario Heritage Trust in 1977.

Hare Krishna Temple Photos   

2020 - Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON), once The Avenue Road Church at 243 Avenue Rd at Roxborough St, northeast corner
2020 – Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON), once The Avenue Road Church at 243 Avenue Rd at Roxborough St, northeast corner
1959 - The Avenue Road Church once at 243 Avenue Rd and Roxborough St, northeast corner - today's Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON)
1959 – The Avenue Road Church once at 243 Avenue Rd and Roxborough St, northeast corner – today’s Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON) (City of Toronto Archives, Series 65, File 56, Item 155)
Circa 1899 - Sketch of  the Church of the Covenant - a large extension was added in 1906/07 on the west side of the church
Circa 1899 – Sketch of the Church of the Covenant – a large extension was added in 1906/07 on the west side of the church (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson 1904 – Toronto Public Library R-1909)
2020 - Looking east towards the Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON) at 243 Avenue Rd and Roxborough St
2020 – Looking east towards the Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON) at 243 Avenue Rd and Roxborough St
1912 - Avenue Road Presbyterian Church once at 243 Avenue Rd and Roxborough St - today it's home to the Hare Krishna Temple
1912 – Avenue Road Presbyterian Church once at 243 Avenue Rd and Roxborough St – today it’s home to the Hare Krishna Temple (Toronto Public Library PC166)
1954- Avenue Road Presbyterian Church once at 243 Avenue Rd at Roxborough St, northeast corner - notice the Esso sign in the foreground
1954- Avenue Road Presbyterian Church once at 243 Avenue Rd at Roxborough St, northeast corner – notice the Esso sign in the foreground (Toronto Public Library R-1898)
1956 - Looking northeast from Chicora Ave towards the Avenue Road Presbyterian Church at Avenue Rd at Roxborough St - now Hare Krishna Temple
1956 – Looking northeast from Chicora Ave towards the Avenue Road Presbyterian Church at Avenue Rd at Roxborough St – now Hare Krishna Temple (Toronto Public Library R-1897)
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