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St. George's Anglican Church

Turtle Mountain, Manitoba, R0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2002/06/12

Primary elevations, from the southwest, of St. George's Anglican Church, Holmfield, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism 2005
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Contextual view, from the northeast, of St. George's Anglican Church, Holmfield, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2005
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Other Name(s)

St. George's Anglican Church
Église communautaire d'Holmfield
Holmfield Community Church

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Construction Date(s)

1906/01/01 to 1908/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/05/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

St. George's Anglican Church, a small wood-frame church built in 1906-08, is a municipally designated site. The church is set on a grassed corner lot distinguished by a few deciduous and evergreen trees, among some residential and commercial properties on a quiet side street in Holmfield. The designation comprises the church and the three lots on which it sits.

Heritage Value

St. George's Anglican Church is a good example of building traditions that characterized Anglican churches in many small Manitoba communities around the turn of the twentieth century. Built with the aid of private member donations and monies raised in England, the Gothic Revival-inspired church, with its high fieldstone foundation, steeply pitched roof, altar in the attached apse and dark-stained interior, recalls in a simple manner standard elements associated with the architectural traditions of medieval England. The church, which was closed to regular Anglican services several years ago, continues in use as Holmfield Community Church for special occasions.

Source: Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain By-law No. 4-2000, June 12, 2002

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the site include:
- the placement of the structure on a traditional east-west axis on a corner lot, with the porch door to the liturgical south of the nave and an east apse

Key elements that define the external Gothic Revival character of St. George's Anglican Church include:
- its basic design elements, including the rectangular plan, high vertical proportions with a steeply pitched gable roof, separate apse with a polygonal roof and small porch with a gable roof that matches the slope of the main roof
- the basic materials, including the high fieldstone foundation and light-coloured shiplap-sided walls with dark trim
- three equally spaced, pointed arched windows with basic tracery and clear panes on both side walls and five small pointed arched windows with patterned glass in the apse

Key elements that define the internal heritage character of the building include:
- the unaltered straightforward plan, with the open centre-aisle nave, raised chancel and choir areas, and separate small raised altar at the east end and a small vestry at the back
- the plain finishes and materials, including a high truncated ceiling and walls of dark-varnished tongue-and-groove board siding; fir flooring; carved wooden arches separating the choir areas; and original furnishings, including the pews, pulpit, altar table and prayer bench
- the open basement with exposed thick stone and mortar walls




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


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




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Turtle Mountain 415 Broadway Avenue Killarney MB

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