The residential area close to the core of the city of Edmonton was first developed about a hundred years ago. Some of the houses in my street date back to the 1920s, and they were originally occupied by immigrants to Canada.
Each group of newcomers settled close to each other and each new group built a church soon after they arrived.
I have noticed these churches during my neighbourhood walks, and when I looked at a map I counted seventeen within a mile of my house. This inspired a new photographic project and I have begun taking photos of the churches as I pass them.
Eventually I hope to capture them all, but in the mean time, here are five. The differing architectural styles tell us something about the congregations’ countries of origin and also something about the styles of their religions.
Norwood Wesleyan Church was the first in my neighbourhood to use its doors as a means of communication when the Covid-19 lockdown first began.
The Spanish name of the church does not translate to Church of Christ, but that is on their nameplate. The church was “founded and registered by Felix Y. Manalo in 1914 as a unipersonal religious corporation to the United States administration of the Philippines.” Wikipedia.
“The Knānāya, (from Syriac: Knā’nāya (Canaanite)) also known as the Southists or Tekkumbhagar, are an endogamous ethnic group found among the Saint Thomas Christian community of Kerala, India. … The Knanaya claim descent from Thomas of Cana and those who came with him.” Wikipedia.