Toronto’s Queen West began in the late 1700’s as a collection of ethnic neighborhoods and quickly became a hub for artists, musicians, diners, and shoppers. Once deemed the second coolest neighborhood in the world by Vogue, it is “is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries—hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed.”

It’s no surprise then that Anthropologie rooted down and renovated here in a beautiful 19th century church using reclaimed materials by Urban Evolutions.

Everyone from hipsters to architects lit up the blogosphere, Twitter, and Instagram with buzz about this beautiful retail space. Here’s what they had to say:

Anthropologie has respectfully maintained the soaring ceilings and beautiful gothic-arched stained glass windows where possible, stealthily mixing old with new. It is so well executed that it’s difficult at times to determine what is new and what is old. –

Though the building’s façade, its stained glass windows and one intricately carved fireplace remain relatively untouched, a 16-week-long renovation saw the 7,000-square-foot interior completely transform (even the reclaimed barn-wood flooring is new).

Combined with eye-catching pieces of art, mod lighting fixtures and the character of the church, it all makes for a beautiful environment—unsurprisingly, the store is already fielding requests from customers who’d like to book the space as a wedding venue. –

The store is gorgeous and so Anthro it hurts. – promises like piecrust

The architecture is lovely, many rooms to see. The salvaged wooden floors add a very warm and welcoming feeling throughout the store. – – mira’


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