Originally published at Jason’s Literary Salon.
After my last trip to Paris, I have been inspired to spend more time enjoying and appreciating the place where I actually live. For the past decade or so, I have called Kitchener home. It’s a great place to live and with a bit of an adventurous spirit, it is really easy to find all kinds of hidden and not so hidden gems in the city.
Right now, Kitchener is becoming home to a burgeoning tech sector which is doing so much to modernize the immediate downtown core and its surrounding area. As welcomed as the modernizing trend is, Kitchener also boasts of some really beautiful late 19th-century and early 20th-century architecture, especially when it comes to its religious architecture.
Kitchener has been influenced by a German Lutheranism that has bestowed a rich architectural legacy in the form of European influenced neo-gothic churches that still dominate the urban environment of the city.
I decided that in order to more fully appreciate what Kitchener has to offer, I wanted to explore the beauty of those churches.
What follows is are some images from that exploration and I hope that you’ll enjoy viewing the images as much I enjoyed taking them.
These images are of St Joseph’s church located on the corner of Madison and Courtland. As you can see, it boasts some fine examples of Romanesque style.
For a moment, you can imagine yourself in Europe and a lot cheaper too.
These images are taken from St Matthew’s at 54 Benton St. The building dates from 1914.
Spring is slowly coming to Kitchener.
And what’s a church without it’s rose window?
This of course historic St Paul’s on Queen St, just past Joseph St. While not as large as some of its neighbours, it is one of the real gems in Kitchener.
1889, yes, I’d say that counts as historic.
St Andrew’s on the corner of Queen and Weber Streets.
A nice reminder of what the role of the church is and even in an affluent society such as ours, there are those who are not as fortunate and should not be ignored or overlooked.
One of the neat details from these buildings.
These are taken from St Mary’s at 56 Duke St. It is one of the largest churches in the city, dominating the downtown landscape with its neogothic red brick exterior.
They just don’t build them like this anymore.
I have only taken a few of St John the Evangelist. I highly recommend visiting this place and take the time to explore the interior. It is a stunningly beautiful space and even the non-religiously inclined a visit will be more than worth it.