The website of Ottawa's #FirstChurchOfChrist gives a history of the building and the #church: "A number of schemes for the current building were put forward, and Classic Italian Style was decided upon, using Ohio Sandstone, which was described as “the most durable and preserves its colour best of all the available stones.” Ohio Sandstone ashlar would face walls, pillars, pilasters, & pedestals. Canadian Art Stone would be used for moulded work, cornices, & capitals. This stone “so nearly imitates the Ohio Sandstone as to be practically undetectable while its durable qualities are similar.” Foundations on front & sides would be covered by a native limestone ashlar. The back foundation would be the best selected rubble stone & the front steps would be granite. Windows would be of cathedral glass. The inside finish would be the same as in Union Station (present Conference Centre), which opened in 1912, & the floor would be of softwood covered with cork carpet.
"Work began on the site with the demolition of the existing dwelling in early April 1913. The new foundation was finished and work began on the superstructure early in June, with the laying of the cornerstone in the northeast corner of the church at 5:30 a.m. on July 14, 1913. Several items were placed in a copper box in the stone. The church finally had its first service on February 22, 1914, and was dedicated free of debt on March 23, 1919.
"A 1994 newspaper article on church architecture in the city described the church edifice as “a defiant monument to classical enlightenment amid the ubiquitous Gothic revival spires” (John Ibbitson, Citizen, Sept. 3, 1994). Ibbitson noted that older #architecture of 19th century Ottawa belongs to the Gothic revival period, and quoted Caroline Guay, an architectural technologist, as saying that this church edifice represents “one of the best examples of #Palladian revival in the city.” According to Ibbitson, “The Gothic revival movement sought to emulate the medieval;… the #neoclassical (or Palladian revival) sought to celebrate ancient Rome and Greece.”" https://christianscienceottawa.ca/history/
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