Is Nothing Sacred?
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Is Nothing Sacred?

2007_10_26IsNothingSacred.jpgIn the midst of Toronto’s condo madness, it becomes clear that the only thing sacred is the almighty dollar. If a space can be broken up and parceled out, a developer will appear instantly to stake out the territory.
So it should come as no surprise that one of the most recent victims of this trend is a century-old neo-gothic church. Formerly known as Centenniel United Church, the building sits just south of Bloor on Dovercourt Road.
Banners on the building’s face proudly proclaim them to be newly-appointed lofts starting in the 200s. On further reading, the signage directs one to visit the lofts’ website, a stereotypical celebration of condo-selling dazzle, flash-laden and featuring techno-lite music throughout.
The site celebrates its 28 “contemporary heritage lofts,” which include such authentic, church-y features as “original stained glass windows, original brick, steel trusses, cornice and vaulted ceilings up to 17 ft.”
What better purchase for the upwardly-mobile Goth this Hallowe’en season than your very own slice of hallowed ground? Your scale-replica baroque crucifix has never looked better!
Concept photo source: Urban Realty.
2007_10_26IsNothingSacredUpdate.jpgUPDATE (10/28): The trend continues! Reader Mick sent in this photo, adding, “I noticed on Friday that the company that is condo-izing the church at College and Palmerston has started the process of getting it presentable for show…I go back and forth on whether or not I actually like what they are doing to it. On one hand, seeing the brick in its original colour is gorgeous. But in my heart, I think I prefer the sooty black grubbiness that preceeded the powerwash.”
In the comments, Marc also notes the existence of The Abbey Lofts at Roncesvalles and High Park.