Explore Toronto’s Buildings May 26 – 27, 2018

Explore Toronto’s Buildings May 26 – 27, 20182018-05-06T14:54:54-04:00

The Church

250 Dunn Ave.
Fully Accessible: Yes
Partially Accessible: No
New Participant: Yes
Parking Free: No
Parking Paid: No
Public Washroom: Yes
Family-Friendly Activities: Yes
LEED Certified: No
Supports Programming Theme: No

Days Open

Saturday:10:00 am – 5:00 pm Last admittance: 5:00
Sunday:12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Last admittance: 5:00

Visitor Experience

Visitors are invited to Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church to experience a classic Gothic Revival church. There will be many rooms open for exploring as well as guided walking tours of the church. The Sunnyside Historical Society will give a presentation on the church and its work with the community in Parkdale, including a display of historical pictures. Visitors will be invited to have a seat in the Friendship Hall and enjoy some refreshments.


Tours throughout the day but non-scheduled.

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted,with tripod
Interior filming permitted, with tripod


Building Construction: Built 1880-1889
Year: 1888
Original Architect: Gordon and Helliwell
Architectural Style: Gothic (1800-1900)
Main Purpose of Building: Faith & Worship Centre

Building Description

Parkdale Presbyterian Church started out as a small wooden church in 1879 and was soon to become the location of the iconic Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church of today. On Sept.13, 1886, the corner stone was laid and the white brick Gothic Revival building, with its graceful yet massive structure, grew to become a commanding presence. With gables fronting on to Dunn Avenue and entrances through the two towers, Bonar-Parkdale finally opened its doors on Jan. 24, 1888. The amphitheatre sanctuary includes a floor that declines as it approaches the pulpit. The ceiling, in white, has ribs and bosses. The pews are made of black ash with fancy iron ends and the church when full seats 1,100 people. The pulpit and pulpit chairs are crafted out of birch and walnut. A wonderful visual harmony of colour is created when the light from the many stained glass windows dances over the interior walls.

Links to Historical Sites that Mention Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church