August 2016 - Toronto ON
The Church of the Redeemer is an Anglican church. The small church is prominently located at the intersection of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, near the University of Toronto. It is kitty-cornered (or cater-cornered) to the ROM.
This photo was taken in the spring before the hoarding went up in July for some renovations.
As with many other downtown churches the Church of the Redeemer suffered from falling attendance in the late twentieth century. The church ran into severe financial difficulties and in 1979 the parish voluntarily disestablished itself and was taken over by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.
The church lands were sold to developers and the massive Four Seasons Renaissance Centre was built on them. With the money from this deal the church was again solvent and regained its independence. The money also paid for much needed renovations. In 2000 the church launched a major renovation project as extra meeting space and offices were constructed under the building.
Their website states:
Our home sits on the traditional lands of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga peoples of the New Credit, and in the heart of the city of Toronto.
A Red Cross worker supports a wounded soldier and offers him a drink from a canteen. To the right in the background is the figure of Christ.