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Cromer United Church

1st Street W and 1st Avenue, Pipestone, Manitoba, R0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/12/10

Primary elevations, from the southeast, of Cromer United Church, Cromer, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Primary Elevations
Interior view of the sanctuary of Cromer United Church, Cromer, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture,Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Interior
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Other Name(s)

Cromer United Church
Cromer Methodist
Méthodiste de Cromer

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1911/01/01 to 1911/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/02/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Cromer United Church, built in 1911 for a Methodist congregation, is a wood-frame structure on spacious grounds in Cromer. The municipal designation applies to the church and the lots it occupies.

Heritage Value

Cromer United Church is a fine example of a modest Gothic Revival-style wooden church that was built in the early twentieth century and continues its function in a small rural village. With its rectangular footprint, tall tower, subtle exterior detailing and uncluttered auditorium plan, the structure reflects a pre-World War I modernizing influence in Methodist church design. It also provides a link, both symbolic and concrete, to the origins of Cromer, a community that has seen much change but continues to thrive.

Source: Rural Municipality of Pipestone By-law No. 7-December 10, 1992

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Cromer United Church site include:
- the large grassed lot, with mature trees to the north, located in a mainly residential area on the western edge of Cromer and the building's placement on an east-west axis close to the street

Key exterior elements that define the church's unassuming Gothic Revival style include:
- the rectangular wood-frame mass with a high concrete foundation and walls clad with horizontal wood siding painted white with contrasting dark trim
- the complex roofline composed of a moderately pitched and truncated hip roof with short cross-gables on three sides
- the northeast corner tower capped by a steeply pitched pyramidal roof and intricate metal finial
- the restrained Gothic Revival features, notably the three-part pointed windows with tracery centred on all but the west elevation and flanked by single openings in the same style on the north and south walls
- other features such as the tower's louvred south opening, the tall square brick chimney, the sizeable basement windows, etc.

Key elements that define the church's functional interior include:
- the auditorium plan, including the high truncated ceiling over the bright open nave containing three sections of pews separated by two interior aisles, a centred altar and pulpit and an elevated choir platform extending across much of the west wall
- the coloured glass in geometric patterns in the large windows
- the fine furnishings and details, including the oak pews and pulpit, the stained wood window trim, flooring and wainscotting, the wooden balustrades on the choir platform and basement staircases, etc.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date

1992/12/10

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type

Current

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Pipestone 401 3rd Avenue Box 99 Reston MB R0M 1X0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

M0089

Status

Published

Related Places

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