The shuttered Oakridge United Church on West 41st Avenue south of Cambie Street is meeting its end, with demolition crews knocking down the 1949-built structure to make way for a new six-storey residential development. While the demolition of the church has elicited a strong reaction from local heritage preservationists, some solace can be found in the reclamation of interior furnishings, which have either found new homes or will return to the site once construction is complete.

Oakridge United Church, image retrieved from Google Street View

The Twizell & Twizell-designed church found its way on the Heritage Vancouver Society's 2015 'threat list.' Some of the items from the church, including pews, pulpits and lighting, had been acquired by television and film workers prior to demolition. Several stained glass works are set to be incorporated into a 6,100-square-foot replacement church on the main floor of the new building. Wood slat ceilings and floors will also be repurposed as a wood ceiling throughout the 1,411-square-foot sanctuary.

Church demolition underway, image via Heritage Vancouver Twitter

Townline is the developer behind the ZGF Cotter Architects-designed project, which is equipped with a contemporary design slated to accommodate 49 units, including 19 one-bedrooms, 21 two-bedrooms, and nine three-bedrooms. The development will hold 67 underground parking spaces and 73 bicycle parking spaces.

Townline's proposal will replace the now-demolished church, image via ZGF Cotter

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