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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Christ Church - St. James
Christ Church - St. James
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created by Jono on 9/5/2004 3:38 PM
last modified by TrixieSparrow on 2/7/2009 7:41 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The simple and beautiful ruin of this burnt out church once stood stubbornly in the middle of a residential area, refusing to relinquish it's sad grace. Now it is just an empty space, waiting to be stuffed with housing, as so many wondrous places end up. So it goes.
 Basic Information
Type: Building - demolished
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy - demolished
Recommendation: not very exciting (anymore)
 Physical Information
North of College St. on Shaw Street (west hand side...)
Toronto, Ontario
Owner: n/a
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Just a space now.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1923
    Closed: 0
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    This building burned down in the 90's; it is linked to an arsonist and a double homicide/homicide-suicide at UofT involving a professor who was also the treasurer for the Church...

    Ok, so here's the story, told to me by one of the neighbours...

    There was a Porfessor at UofT in the medsci department (cadaver lab) who, with his partner there, were on the verge of a 'big' discovery. Now, this professor was also the 'accountant' (voluntary) at Christ Church St. James. On the day of the great fire at the church, all of the Professors files etc. (at the university) went missing; his partner was found dead IN one of the cadaver slates, and the professor was nowhere to be found. Several years later, his body was found rotting in a car off the Scarborough Bluffs. Now, the neighbour who told me all this says that he used to work near the bluffs, and that there is NO WAY one could have an 'accident' at that particular location. This all sounds very creepy to me, and so in a Herdy Boys - esque manner, I did a little research at the university (which I attend) - NO ONE wants to talk about it...VERY strange... When it came time to demolish the rest of the church, they went to the church funds, and realized it was all phony - had the treasurer made off with the money, burned the evidence, and killed his friend? The police seem to think it was all coincidense; this is why the ruins stand until today...
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     Future Plans
    The land the church once sat on is to become the Little Italy Loft Houses.
    British Methodist Episcopal Church
    Tue, Mar 29th, 2005
    posted by Armchair Traveller

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    Christ Church a la Jono...
    Sun, Sep 5th, 2004
    posted by Jono
    20 pictures
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    Second Visit
    Sun, Mar 27th, 2005
    posted by ChronoLogix
    13 pictures
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    Another visit...
    Mon, Mar 28th, 2005
    posted by Jono
    15 pictures
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    Soon to be Condos
    Sat, Oct 8th, 2005
    posted by lopix
    25 pictures
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    Outing Nov 19/05
    Sat, Nov 19th, 2005
    posted by oldtimer
    5 pictures
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    sometime in 05
    Thu, Jun 1st, 2006
    posted by 350D
    10 pictures
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    March '06 exploration
    Wed, Jul 5th, 2006
    posted by inventor77
    19 pictures
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    spring '06 by stripes
    Thu, Nov 2nd, 2006
    posted by stripes
    7 pictures
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    Winter '07
    Mon, Jan 15th, 2007
    posted by roadkill
    3 pictures
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    Graffiti Graffiti Graffiti
    Sat, Jan 20th, 2007
    posted by ElectricalFire
    10 pictures
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    Yehoshua - God Saves
    Wed, Apr 11th, 2007
    posted by Yehoshua
    21 pictures
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    Years ago.
    Thu, Dec 20th, 2007
    posted by Friday Night
    12 pictures
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    Dismissal - November 2008
    Wed, Nov 12th, 2008
    posted by
    7 pictures
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    The Little Italy Loft Houses Concept
    Sat, Feb 7th, 2009
    posted by TrixieSparrow
    2 pictures

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    Sun, Nov 30th, 2008
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    Ntropy write up/ Photos :

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  • on Feb 7 09 at 7:57, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 7 09 at 7:54, TrixieSparrow updated gallery The Little Italy Loft Houses Concept
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  • on Feb 7 09 at 7:45, TrixieSparrow updated gallery The Little Italy Loft Houses Concept
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  • on Feb 7 09 at 7:41, TrixieSparrow changed the following: Type, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
  • on Feb 3 09 at 1:55, Steed validated this location
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