1st Presbyterian Church

Brockville’s 1st Presbyterian Church was completed in 1879, the third building on the site (read a history here). It’s notable for a number of reasons: the tallest steeple in the Thousand Islands; a rare heptagram rose window; two rare decagram (10-point) rose windows; and a Casavant organ, installed in 1894 that is still played.

The church is probably best-known for having a bent steeple. It was caused by the builders using unseasoned wood to meet a deadline. When it dried, it warped. There’s a story told that it’s bent because a ship’s mast was used, but this may be confused with the fact that the building rests on four oak piles that came from a raft that sank in the St. Lawrence River.

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