This old church structure on Gordon street in Verdun was demolished this week; it started on Tuesday June 26. I've chronicled its destruction. The three top photos were taken this spring when the billboard and sales office for a new condo project were installed. It was originally a Methodist church when it was built in 1908 but changed denominations from time to time. The small church's last owner was the Prosvita Ukrainian Reading Society of Taras Shevchenko (wikipedia). While taking photos, people stopped by and chatted with me, expressing their shock with the destruction of the 100+ year old church. The church was renovated at one point with an addition to the facade. There was no fire, no hazards or anything to warrant its demolition.
This is not the first church to be demolished on Gordon street. The Verdun Community Church was also demolished several years ago for condos: link
No news or mention about this demolition in the media.
Day 1 - Tuesday June 26
Day 2 -Wednesday June 27
Day 3 -Thursday June 28
I recently posted photos of the destruction of the Methodist church on Gordon street (here), which was a Prosvita center for the Ukrainian community. Maurice Prokaziuk saw the photos at my Flickr account (link), where I host my photos for this blog, and commented:
"So sad to see it go. My Dad was a member of Prosvita and unfortunatly they had to sell due to a declining and aging membership. I had my wedding reception there in 1976."
I asked Maurice if he had any photos of the interior and he told me his brother Michael Prokaziuk took some photos before it was demolished and sent them to me. Thanks so much to Maurice and Michael. These photos are priceless.
The church was still in good condition and with some retouching and renovations it could have looked spiffy. My favorite photo is the last one, with the pool table, big map and the framed portrait.
All photos by Michael Prokaziuk.
BEFORE and AFTER
Here's an update on the demolition of the church on Gordon street in Verdun. The condo project is almost completed.