|St. Patrick's Church, Kinkora|
The beautiful country churches we saw on the tour last time are not listed or designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. Interestingly, however, St. Patrick’s, Kinkora, is designated as one of seven “cultural heritage locations” under the County of Perth’s Official Plan. (Note 1)
One of the first churches to benefit was Assumption Church in Windsor (its easement, which includes protection of the magnificent interior, would still have about 65 years left to run).
|Assumption Church, Windsor|
|Assumption Church interior|
That board meeting stands out in my memory as the first time I made a “policy” pitch to the members of the Ontario Heritage Foundation (I argued for the 99 year option). One of those members was Anthony (Tony) Adamson, a restoration architect and co-author of Hallowed Walls. While having his say in the churches discussion, Tony amused himself doing what architects often do — doodling. On the back of an agenda paper, retrieved by me later as a souvenir of the day, here is what he drew.
|Anthony Adamson's sketch of a church, created during a 1980 OHF board meeting|
Tony Adamson’s comical sketch, whimsically captioned “A perpetual church recycled as a porno movie [house] for 55 years”, suggests not just the provincial debate about the term of church easements but also the issue of the adaptive re-use of redundant churches. More on this and the particular predicament of our heritage places of worship next time.