St Andrew’s United Church & The McGill Street Arch

The St Andrew’s United Church once occupied a building on the south side of Bloor St E (between Church St and Yonge St), in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto.

The former church was built in 1923 and demolished in 1981. Its stone arch was preserved and rebuilt as a pedestrian gateway when the city closed the McGill St and Yonge St intersection to traffic. Now known as The McGill Street Arch, it’s located downtown on Yonge St, south of Carlton St on the east side.

More details on today’s St Andrew’s United Church.

St Andrew’s United Church – The McGill Street Arch Photos   

1920s - Looking southwest on Bloor St E towards the original St Andrew's United Church once on Bloor St E between Church St & Yonge St
1920s – Looking southwest on Bloor St E towards the original St Andrew’s United Church once on Bloor St E between Church St & Yonge St (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 3237)
1980s – Looking west from McGill St towards The McGill Street Arch and Yonge St
1980s – Looking west from McGill St towards The McGill Street Arch and Yonge St (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 36, Item 8)
1950s - Looking east from Yonge St towards the original St Andrew's United Church on Bloor St E – notice Towne Cinema near the church
1950s – Looking east from Yonge St towards the original St Andrew’s United Church on Bloor St E – notice Towne Cinema near the church (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds, Series 381, File 123, ID 8231-4)
2021 - The McGill Street Arch - located downtown on Yonge St, south of Carlton St on the east side
2021 – The McGill Street Arch – located downtown on Yonge St, south of Carlton St on the east side
1930s - Looking east from the corner of Bloor St E and Yonge St towards the original St Andrew's United Church
1930s – Looking east from the corner of Bloor St E and Yonge St towards the original St Andrew’s United Church (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 4235)
1980s – Looking east from west of Yonge St towards The McGill Street Arch
1980s – Looking east from west of Yonge St towards The McGill Street Arch (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 36, Item 59)
2021 - The McGill Street Arch heritage plaque
2021 – The McGill Street Arch heritage plaque
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