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'Knox Presbyterian Church', Oakville - 1888. Taken after torrential rain on Lakeshore Road.

Knox Presbyterian Church, Oakville began with a simple service in 1833 attended by 11 worshipers in a wooden frame building.

The current red-brick Gothic style building was dedicated in May 1888. It took a year to build at a cost of $16,000. To build it, the church purchased the White Oak Hotel at the corner of Dunn Street and Lakeshore Road.

The hotel had once been a wild drinking place called O'Reilly's Tavern. A later owner took to keeping a live bear chained up to amuse customers. But Oakville residents voted the town dry (no alcohol) in 1881 and by 1887 the owner sold it to the Presbyterians for $1,600. This is a good recipe, how to obtain a cheap real estate. These days, there are almost ;-) as many drinking places as churches. But you can't call Oakville wild!!!

This is my photo #750 on Panoramio. Photo was taken after a tropical rain shower, during Oakville Jazz Festival. But it was Blue sky, nothing but blue sky and sunny from now on.......

Here is another image from this church in my gallery (2013)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 18, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2012/08/11 18:16:06
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 6.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash