Ostrovtzer Synagogue 1922-1950....Started life as a Christian church (1891), now a community center.

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Cecil Community Center. Originally The Church of Christ. The building was completed in March 1891. The city’s Jewish population grew from 3,000 to 35,000 between 1901-1921. With renovations by architect Benjamin Swartz the Ostrovtzer Synagogue opened in 1922, as “The Old and New Testaments were reversed in this place of worship.”


For the next 30 years, the Ostrovtzer shul, and other congregations were part of a vibrant Jewish culture, that thrived along Spadina and in Kensington Market. The garment industry prospered and kosher diners lined the wide avenue.


The Ostrovtzer (Ostrowietz, Poland) congregation dwindled and left Cecil Street in the 1950s, north on Bathurst Street, as did the rest of Jewish community. There is really nothing left from that era.

In a strange coincidence as Chinese people moved to Spadina neigbourhood, the fashion industry slowly relocated to China!!!

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Eduardosco Chavez on May 2, 2013

UN bello lugar

¡Me gusta!

Jabrus on May 2, 2013

Bonita foto e interesante información. Like. Gracias por la visita y comentarios. Buen dia.

Mircea_RAICU on May 3, 2013

L I K E

Spaniel 33 on May 3, 2013

Beautiful monument! like! Cheers, Spaniel.

Lucien Kivit on May 3, 2013

Interesting switches of the use of the building.Well captured interesting picture, LIKE 25, regards Lucien

Ofenhocker1 on May 3, 2013

LIKE

mauro1968 on May 3, 2013

Bellissima ed interessante architettura, meraviglioso scenario, LIKE 27! Sinceri saluti ed un buon weekend, ciao MAURO :-)

Filippo Bilotti on May 4, 2013

HOLA,Thomas.


Esta fotografia merece el LIKE 28,MUY BELLA ESTA ARQUITECTURA,HERMOSA IMAGEN....


Un gran saludo desde Caracas, Venezuela.

刘红石 on May 4, 2013

美丽的建筑和摄影,我喜欢!

David Edwards on May 5, 2013

My like, Tom.

The history is sad but, thankfully, it hasn't been demolished.

My very best, David.

Maurice Haddad on May 5, 2013

INTERESTING PLACE, WELL PRESENTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED.....LIKE-31.
REGARDS.
MAURICE.

EdwardTurJ on May 7, 2013

Greetings, Tomros!
Nice capture!
Best wishes from Chernivtsi in Ukraine, Edward

Tomros - Pano on May 8, 2013

David, In this case history and present are actually the same. Church or synagogue were the community centers of the past!

Frederic Baiges on May 8, 2013

Unes fotos sensacionals, el meu Like

Salutacions cordials. Frederic

Francine Verweij-Ban… on May 13, 2013

So nice shot for this building. Impressive. LIKE

Greetings,Francine

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on May 17, 2013

Sad story! Superb photo ! I like it! My friendly greeting,Natuska

Karl Eggenmüller-Pan… on June 24, 2013

A very interesting building. Thanks for the additional information, Tomas.

Best regards from Germany,

Karl

María Fernando on January 17, 2014

Excelente: LIKE 38. Saludos amistosos desde España.

Antoine Jasser on February 8, 2014

Interesting transition....
Gorgeous building...
Great architecture...
Colorful...
Beautifully composed & captured...
L 39

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  • Uploaded on April 30, 2013
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    by Tomros - Pano
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2013/04/28 13:50:00
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 5.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
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