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Christ Anglican Church

Powerview, Manitoba, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/06/08

Contextual view, from the southeast, of Christ Anglican Church, Sagkeeng First Nation, 2009; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2009
Contextual View
Primary elevation, from the south, of Christ Anglican Church, Sagkeeng First Nation, 2009; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2009
Primary Elevation
Detail of Christ Anglican Church, Sagkeeng First Nation, 2009; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2009
Detail

Other Name(s)

Christ Anglican Church
Fort Alexander Anglican Christ Church
Église anglicane Christ de Fort Alexander

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Construction Date(s)

1868/01/01 to 1870/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/02/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Christ Church Anglican, a small log structure built in 1868-70 in the traditional Red River frame method and covered with white siding, perches on the south side of the Winnipeg River within Sagkeeng First Nation at Fort Alexander. The provincial designation applies to the church and its river lot.

Heritage Value

Christ Church Anglican is an excellent example of an unprepossessing nineteenth-century mission church, a simple rectangle of energy-efficient scale and reserved Gothic Revival design erected to serve a community on the cusp of transition from fur trade post to the modern era. By building the walls in Red River frame, smaller logs were used, which enabled the Fort Alexander parishioners to cut and haul the wood and construct the church themselves in the seasons between 1868, when the Hudson's Bay Company granted the land, and 1870, when the church was consecrated. Pointed Gothic windows, some with coloured glass; decorative bargeboards and carved furnishings further speak to the piety and aesthetic of the faith community. The building, respectfully expanded and restored over time, occupies a symbolic site next to the historic Winnipeg River exploration and trade route, surrounded by boreal forest of ancient Aboriginal habitation.

Source: Manitoba Heritage Council Minute, January 13, 1996

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Christ Church Anglican site include:
- its situation within Sagkeeng First Nation at Fort Alexander on a large parcel of land on the south side of the Winnipeg River shared with a cemetery, 1970 successor church and other ancillary facilities
- the church's north-south orientation, visible within grassed and tree-bordered grounds near the river

Key exterior elements that characterize the building as an unpretentious mission church include:
- the compact rectangular core, of Red River frame construction, with a steeply pitched gable roof and lower, gable-roofed north apse
- the pointed arch openings, including windows with simple tracery perforating each elevation and a large transom with tracery over the double-door main entrance
- the straightforward materials and finishes, including wood shingles on the roof and north gable end, horizontal wood siding painted white, plain corner boards, doors and window surrounds in a dark contrasting colour, etc.
- the modest details, including wooden bargeboards in a well-crafted wave and leaf motif along the eaves and gable ends, the tower's pavilion roof and Latin cross, the blind oculus in the north gable end, etc.

Key interior elements that define the church's heritage character include:
- the functional floor plan, including a small vestibule, open, well-lit nave, narrow, slightly elevated chancel, etc.
- the dignified yet understated materials, finishes and details, including plain plastered walls; arched ceiling segmented down to the walls; coloured glass in the chancel and front windows; etc.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

Province of Manitoba

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Site

Recognition Date

2009/06/08

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mission
Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

P124

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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