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Norden Lutheran Church

Highway 789, Kinistino RM 459, Saskatchewan, S0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/05/11

East elevation; Government of Saskatchewan, Brett Quiring, 2005.
Norden Lutheran Church
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Other Name(s)

Norden Lutheran Church
Norden United Norwegian Lutheran Church

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Construction Date(s)

1909/01/01 to 1910/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/12/14

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Norden Lutheran Church is a Municipal Heritage Property located within the Rural Municipality of Kinistino No. 459 approximately 15 km north of the Town of Kinistino. The property features a small one-storey, siding-clad log church and cemetery constructed in 1909.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Norden Lutheran Church lies in its association with the Norwegian people that settled in the area. The church was one of the first Norwegian-Lutheran churches in Canada and the first in Saskatchewan. The congregation was established in the Norden area in 1903 and the church was constructed in 1909. The grounds feature a cemetery that contains the remains of many who lived in the area, thereby providing a link to the past for current residents of the community.

The heritage value of the property also lies in the architectural style, which contributes to its landmark status the community. Typical of Lutheran churches of the period, the property features elements of the Gothic Revival style, visible in the central bell tower topped with a bell-shaped spire, pointed-arch windows and tall vertical proportions. These elements combine to give the property a distinctive look unlike any other building in its vicinity.


Rural Municipality of Kinistino No. 459 Bylaw 84-3.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Norden Lutheran Church resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that reflect the Norwegian heritage of the property, including its location on its original site, grave markers, and the property’s accessibility for use as a local cemetery;
-those Gothic Revival architectural elements that contribute to its status as a landmark in the community, including the central tower and steeple, pointed-arch windows and tall vertical proportions;
-the proximity of the cemetery to the church.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1909/01/01 to 1961/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 665

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 665



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