By Robert Pajot, Project Leader, Regeneration, National Trust for Canada
The challenges facing historic places of faith are daunting, yet across the country congregations and communities are finding creative new uses and partnerships to revitalize these important landmarks.
Solutions are being found that work in specific contexts, whether a busy downtown street corner, a suburban residential neighbourhood, or a rural hamlet. Groups are pushing the boundaries of what a place of faith can be by trying out innovative governance models, programming new uses, integrating contemporary design into historic contexts, and most importantly by closely aligning themselves with the needs of their community.
Here are five examples of resilient places:
Robert Pajot is the National Trust’s project leader for Regeneration. Much of his work includes working with communities and congregations to revitalize historic places of faith. firstname.lastname@example.org │ @PajotRobert