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Arts, Crafts, Fire & Churches Public Lecture Series

26 October 2019

You are invited to attend a fascinating series of lectures by Ryerson history professor Carl Benn in support of the Our Heritage Is Our Future campaign to renew St Thomas’s Anglican Church facilities.

Please e-mail to register for any or all lectures. Admission is free. Attendees will be invited to make a freewill donation by cash, cheque or major credit card, if they so choose, in support of the campaign.

Rebuilding London Churches after the Fire and The Blitz

Saturday, October 26, 2019

3:30-5:00 p.m.

The Great Fire of the 1660s and the German Blitz of the 1940s destroyed large numbers of churches in London. In this illustrated lecture, we will explore how people responded to those terrible disasters in rebuilding their houses of worship, and we will consider the meanings of their decisions within the Anglican tradition.

Toronto Church Architecture, 1793-1893

Saturday, November 23, 2019

3:30-5:00 p.m.

In 1793, within days of the founding of a community that would become urban Toronto, people gathered for their first Sunday service. In this illustrated lecture, we will examine the diversities of Toronto church architecture through the Neoclassical visions of the Georgians and on to the Gothic Revival and eclectic tastes of the Victorians in the denominationally pluralistic city, from the time of its founding to the opening of today’s St Thomas’s Church a century later.

The Arts and Crafts Movement

Saturday, January 18, 2020

3:30-5:00 p.m.

St Thomas’s Church is one of Canada’s more important buildings constructed and decorated within the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement that originated in the 1800s under the inspiration of English designer and reformer William Morris and his associates. In this illustrated lecture, we will place St Thomas’s in its broader cultural context through an exploration of Arts and Crafts domestic and public architecture and decorative arts in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada.