THE PARISH BUILDINGS AND PROPERTIES
The parish was founded as a daughter parish of St. George’s On-the-Hill in 1944. Originally, the congregation met in the Sunnylea Public School until the first part of the church building was completed in 1947. In 1966, the building was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt within a year.
The church is located in a high visibility area of central Etobicoke, at the northeast corner of Bloor Street West and Prince Edward Drive. It is constructed of honey coloured limestone in the Gothic style of architecture. Improved signage has recently been installed to better inform the community of all church activities. There is a small parking lot for staff and visitors located at the east end of the church property, with access from Kings Lynn Road. Additional parking is available in the municipal lot across the street from the church. More extensive interior and exterior photos of the church building can be seen in the photo gallery section of this website, in addition to the photographs included here.
Visitors enter the building through the west door into a small narthex. There is also an elevator permitting handicapped access to the building as well as a small cloakroom (fondly referred to as “the bride’s room”). The worship space itself seats a total of 400 including the balcony. There is a columbarium as well as chapel in the north transept. Throughout the nave and above the high altar
are beautiful stained glass windows.
On the main floor of the building are also located the following:
- the church administrator’s office
- four offices for the clergy and youth worker one of which has a washroom
- a fellowship room with working fireplace that has a capacity of 75. It is named the Wilkinson Room, in honour of the first rector of All Saints’ who served the parish for over 40 years
- a kitchenette
- a large choir room
- the library
- the sacristy
- 1 washroom for women.
The basement level of the church includes:
- the nursery, where we provide childcare for children under three during services
- “Northeast” room, currently rented to a Montessori School for use between September and June
- the main kitchen
- the boiler room
- 2 sets washrooms for men and women
- shower and laundry rooms for use by our Out of the Cold guests
- an auditorium with stage, capacity of 250
- four meeting and class rooms
- two small offices, one of which is currently used by the Montessori School.
The church was inspected in 2003 by a firm of consulting engineers. In general, the building is in good repair, and we do not expect any significant repairs to be necessary for the next five years. Within the past three years, we have replaced the roof and most of the windows (other than in the sanctuary) in the church. The windows were replaced to improve visibility and security for persons who use the church premises. Within the worship space, we refinished the floor and replaced the carpeting so that the sound characteristics of the worship space have been much improved.
We plan to make substantial improvements to the eastern end of the church building in 2006-2007. The eastern entrance will be made more welcoming with the construction of new entrance featuring a considerable amount of glass. Security will be improved with the relocation of the church office to overlook the entrance. Access for the less able will be improved with the installation of a second elevator at the eastern entrance and the installation of ramps instead of steps in the middle of the building. The Wilkinson Room, a fellowship/meeting space, will be enlarged, and its attached kitchenette will be made more useable and efficient. The main floor washroom for men will be relocated and enhanced.
The rectory is located about 100 metres north of the church at 20 Kings Lynn Road on a lot sized 125’ by 50’. It is built in the mock Tudor style of architecture very common to the neighbourhood.
The rectory comprises seven rooms with a partially finished basement and has an attached single car garage. On the ground floor is a living room with a working fireplace, a separate dining room with a French door to the garden and a kitchen. There are three bedrooms and a family bathroom on the second floor.
As a result of the survey that was recently undertaken by a firm of consulting engineers, we are in the process of installing a new furnace and damp-proofing the basement. As well, we will be repainting the rectory and renovating the kitchen. Utilities include washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.
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