Originally Posted by Rico Rommheim
^An insane building. The height of a 40 storey residential tower. The interior, which wasn't finished until the 60's has this funky modernist / art deco feel.
That church really ought to be a lanmark known across the country, our CN tower, but instead it is hidden on the northern slope of the hill, on the blue line where non-locals seldom venture.
And not exactly a short walk from the Metro.
Back when I was a kid in the 70s one of the local urban development stories was how the construction of the nearby Rockhill apartment towers might have violated a bylaw that prohibited obscuring the Oratory, and there was a call to have them demolished. Never happened, of course.
As a Catholic kid who was having misgivings about organized religion the Oratory gave me the creeps. I haven't been inside it since childhood but I remember a wall of crutches that were no longer needed, a testament to the miracles of brother Andre.