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Parkdale Baptist Church

A reader writes:

Love this blog. Do you know anything about the Parkdale Baptist Church (AKA  Western Baptist ) that stood at Queen and Callendar from 1911-1985? they just demolished the strip mall on the site and you can clearly see a wall section from the old church in the excavation. Ever come across a photo of the church? I can’t find one on the internet and I would love to know what it looked like.

I’ve looked for some information but nothing has turned up yet except these three photos that show the Church and spire in the distance.


photo-toronto-queen-at-roncesvalles-looking-e-pickin-chicken-restaurant-tandem-streetcar-brewers-retail-note-bicycle-groom-or-undertaker-1968 52bcornersThe Church, seen here on a Goad’s Fire Insurance map from 1924.

On these maps, brick buildings are in red, wooden in yellow and blue are made of stone.

Screen shot 2014-11-27 at 9.21.52 PM

The small plaza that was built on the site was recently demolished.Screen shot 2014-11-27 at 11.43.14 AMThe excavation does reveal what appears to be the foundations of the old Church.


P1140349 P1140351I will continue to look into this one…

pictures-r-5562This photo from the archives is listed as Western Baptist Church, west side of Landsdowne north of Queen 1886.

I see no record of this Church on the maps, However, the Church in question was not built until 1911….


John Silva has been kind enough to send me some photos of the Church in question.

IMG_2781 IMG_2779 IMG_2778This was a substantial Church!

IMG_2773 IMG_2774This last photo shows the Church being demolished in 1985….


5 responses

  1. Bruce Chown

    Although I should, I do not remember that church. I see the Toronto Public Library has several books which may be pertinent to your reader’s quest. One that looks promising is “Golden Jubilee, 1887-1937, Parkdale Baptist Church”. Good luck.

    November 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  2. Thanks for the tip.

    November 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  3. Mark Moore

    Is it just me or does that footprint at Queen & Callendar not seem small for a church of that size ?
    Also from the photos the church looks like it runs north / south, while the lot appears to run east / west.

    November 27, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    • John

      It seems small until you stand there and take in the now empty lot. It is a substantial lot. I have corresponded with people who went to Sunday school and attended services there. It was a spectacular building and I think the asymmetrical design was an attempt to address the lot, which runs more east-west, while facing the doors toward Queen Street. Every time I look at those photos I’m filled with sadness. Imagine taking a building like that down to build a strip-mall! And sadly, I think it could happen again.

      December 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

  4. Yeah it does…
    Still doing some research on this Parkdale Mystery….

    November 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

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