Great churches big and small
I’M not a religious person. I like to think that doesn’t stop me from being a good person at heart. However, I have always admired churches.
Architecturally, they’re some of the finest buildings you will ever see, from the lofty Gothic cathedrals of Western Europe to the humble cosiness of your local parish.
And as a community space, some of the defining moments of your life will be spent at churches, from weddings to funerals to Christenings.
When I started looking into the history of Monto’s recently removed Anglican church hall, I was surprised to find not just a community hub but a fascinating work of architecture as well.
The fact that this church has been moved not once but twice to suit the needs of the people, and the fact that it feels like it was almost built for that purpose is remarkable.
You’ve the individual beams with Roman numerals carved into them, like a permanent plan built into the very wood.
But what I really appreciate about the old church hall is despite it not having been used as a church for over 50 years, people I spoke to were still sad to see it go.
Even when they’re not in use, churches are a time capsule, a gauge of history for the community they occupy.
The loss of the old hall in Monto is bittersweet; gone for now, but not forgotten, and will soon be up again in a new form.