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First Delta Baptist Church

47, Water Street S., City of Cambridge, Ontario, N1R, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/05/14

Of note is the pyramidal-roofed tower and detailing along the roofline.; Kayla Jonas, 2007.
First Delta Baptist Church Façade, 2007
Of note are the markedly-vertical windows with round arch tops.; Kayla Jonas, 2007.
Northwest Corner, First Delta Baptist Church, 2007
Of note is the orange-brick detailing of the window arches and exterior walls.; Kayla Jonas, 2007.
Detailed View, First Delta Baptist Church, 2007

Other Name(s)

First Delta Baptist Church
47 Water Street South
South Water Street Baptist Church

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Construction Date(s)

1886/01/01 to 1887/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The First Delta Baptist Church is located at 47 Water Street South, on the southeast corner of Warnock and Water Streets, in the former City of Galt, now the City of Cambridge. The one-storey, yellow brick building was constructed between 1886 and 1887.

The property was designated, in 1984, by the City of Cambridge, for its historic and architectural value, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 94-84).
The property is also protected by an easement agreement between the City of Cambridge and the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now Ontario Heritage Trust), which was made on November 15, 1984.

Heritage Value

The First Delta Baptist Church was the first church built in the former City of Galt, by Baptists, to be used exclusively as a church. Thomas Boughton was the architect and First Delta Baptist Church congregation members erected the building themselves. At least two other Baptist churches began from this congregation, including Delta Park Baptist Church and Hespeler Baptist Church.

The First Delta Baptist Church was constructed of yellow-brick with orange-brick detail work, and it displays features of both the Romanesque and Italianate styles, which are unique in Cambridge church architecture. The building has a rectangular hall plan and occupies almost the entire property, save for a small grass area at the southwest corner. The west façade is asymmetrical while the north and south elevations have symmetrically placed windows. The First Delta Baptist Church is unique in style, size and materials for this area.

Sources: City of Cambridge By-law 94-84; City of Cambridge LACAC Building Description, 1983.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the First Delta Baptist Church include its:
- yellow-brick construction of façade and north and south elevations
- markedly-vertical windows with round arch tops and their locations on the façade and north and south elevations, excluding 1960 addition
- window and door treatments of orange-brick handing and arch detailing
- corbelling along tops of walls and tower walls
- brick buttresses on west, north and south walls
- pyramidal-roofed tower at the north-west corner
- pyramidal-capped brick pinnacles at each building corner and at apex of west gable
- gable roofline of the church and tower




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1984/01/01 to 1984/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

Thomas Boughton



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Cambridge Planning Services 73 Water Street North Cambridge, ON N1R 3B4

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Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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