The Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the more unique churches I have visited, next to the round church on Manitoulin Island. The reason I say this church is unique is because you don’t just walk past it on the street, you really have to seek it out.
Also known as Little Trinity Church, the building is tucked rather out of the way in its own little square near the Dundas Street end of Toronto’s Eaton’s Centre. Surrounded by glass skyscrapers and the massive mall, it’s a little piece of the 19th century that’s still making it known in the city. Providing help for Toronto’s Homeless and providing an oasis in the middle of downtown Toronto.
Established in 1847, the Church of the Holy Trinity was designed by H.B. Lane (who also designed two other churches in Toronto), and built with funds from an anonymous donor. The donor stipulated that none of the pews would be reserved (a tradition in many churches at the time) but rather it be open to all. The donor was later revealed to be Mary Lambert Swale of Settle, England. Built in the Gothic Revival Style the church was slowly fenced in as the city grew. When plans were being made for the Eaton’s Centre, they originally called for the purchase and demolition of the church, but the members stood their ground, against Eaton’s, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the City of Toronto. They eventually won, and a three way land swap happened, and the design of the Eaton’s Centre was changed.
Today the church remains at the heart of things; their ministry is aimed at the urban homeless and needy. Along with providing services of worship the church also acts as an event venue, several concerts have been held there including two by the band Cowboy Junkies who recorded their breakthrough 1988 Album The Trinity Sessions at the church. They also did a follow up concert on the album’s 20th anniversary.
You can check out the Church’s site here: www.holytrinitytoronto.org
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