Fresh Squeezed


This is one of the older churches in Victoria having been built in 1876 which is pretty early for Victoria. It used to have a great deal more breathing room, but recent developments on formerly empty lots are bearing down from most angles now. Freshly squeezed church juice is unlikely to be potable, but if things continue this way soon it will be flowing along Humboldt Street.

This is shot on expired colour film – I prefer the monochrome conversion above, and for the shot around back I prefer the colour.


Canada’s register of historic places has the following to say about this building:

“The Church of Our Lord is a Carpenter Gothic style wooden church with a separate annex called the Cridge Memorial Hall, located on the corner of Humbolt (sic) and Blanshard Streets.

“The Church of Our Lord is a testament to the founding of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Canada, one of the pioneering religious denominations in the City of Victoria. It is notable that this church was founded by Reverend Edward Cridge, the first Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Canada and an instrumental figure in the city’s religious growth since 1855. Established in 1874 under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society of England, and connected to the Reformed Episcopal Church of the United States, the presence of the Reformed Episcopal Church on the Canadian west coast indicates the early growth of this denomination in North America. Built in 1876, subsequent to a schism of the nearby Anglican Church of England, this church is representative of the early religious diversification of Victoria.

“The Church of our Lord is also valued for its atypical architectural style and is the oldest church in Victoria. Designed by architect John Teague, its simplistic vertical lines, steep gable roof, and board-and-batten siding distinguish it from the elaborate masonry churches nearby. The wood form of the Carpenter Gothic style is an excellent example of the adaptation of the classic Gothic style to suit local building materials. In keeping with the beliefs of religious revivals, this style was used for churches across North America. Located on property donated by James Douglas, this freestanding building is one of the few remaining wooden structures of this style and era intact in BC. It is a significant historic landmark on the outskirts of the Old Town District.

“Additionally, the replacement of an original Sunday School annex by the Cridge Memorial Hall (1929), designed by notable architects Samuel Maclure and Hubert Savage, reflects the continued growth of the church’s congregation.”






Mamiya M645 Super, 80mm/f2.8 lens, ISO160, Kodak 160VC-2 expired June 2009.



6 thoughts on “Fresh Squeezed

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  3. As you know, ehpem, the juxtapositioning (sorry, I don’t think this is a verb) of old against new has always been of great interest to me. Brilliant angle for showing how the old gets lost in the new. I like the black and white as it gives the idea of photo Journalism or realism or documentary style and that suits the subject here.


    • Thanks Joseph. I am very glad you like this. I had not thought of black and white in quite that way, but you are right and I need to keep that in mind when I am shooting, or considering conversions from colour. It is a nice old building, but it is a shame how much reduced the viewing angles are these days.


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