As a young person in art class I enjoyed doing a series of detail drawings in pen and ink. These were of local churches in Bruce and Huron Counties in Ontario in the late 1970s. I have found a few that I did but not all of them -- yet. I have included two which are from the former Whitechurch United Church, Ontario. This church was built in 1882 as a Canada Methodist Church and then in 1925 became a United Church. It closed in 2007. Whitechurch was once named Ulster. The Canada Methodist Church in Whitechurch began as a Primitive Methodist congregation, one and a half miles north and then moved to the village where the rail line passed.


Overall the 1882 church is a modest High Victorian Gothic Revival building with a yellow brick exterior.  This was the period of the popularity of yellow brick in this region of Ontario. Yellow brick also is sometimes called buff brick, honey-coloured brick, cream-coloured brick, or butter brick.


The details are of the alternating brick colours to provide design and distinction known technically as bi-chromatic brickwork or polychromatic brickwork. These windows and doors used yellow (buff), red, and black colours in the brick work above the Gothic windows and above the front entrance doors. The black was painted onto the yellow brick which is not as common. Old pictures show that the black must have been original to when the building was constructed or shortly thereafter.

Such design detailing purposely highlights features around doors and windows and actually reflects a style which was derived from England and the development of High Victorian Gothic Revival architecture under John Ruskin and the influence of Venetian Gothic.




As a young person I was intrigued by Salisbury Cathedral. I did this in the 1970s in pen & ink and water colour. 

Salisbury Cathedral was begun in 1220 and completed with a tower and  lantern spire over the crossing. The spire added to the tower later in the early 14th century is  a total of 404 feet and is the tallest in United Kingdom.

Architecturally its a real wonder in ecclesiastical Gothic architecture. The vocabulary of the cathedral interior remains fairly constant regardless of the medieval Cathedral: nave, aisles, crossing, transepts, chancel, columns, arches, vaults, clerestory, and chapels; likewise for the exterior-- towers, spires, lanterns, west fronts, roofs, gargoyles, buttresses, flying buttresses, and doors and porches.

In 1987 the novel by Edward Rutherfurd Sarum includes a most interesting historical fiction read about building Salisbury Cathedral and no doubt this novel has allowed many to become acquainted with this Cathedral.




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    - Wendell Berry in Given