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Longlaketon United Church

Longlaketon RM 219, Saskatchewan, S0G, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/02/07

View of Longlaken United Church featuing the vernacular construction of the church building, 2005; Kyle Zelmer, 2005
Front and side elevations
View from church of cemetery and landscaped grounds, 2005.; Kyle Zelmer, 2005
Cemetery
Side elevation with landcaped grounds and prairiescape in background, 2005; Kyle Zelmer, 2005
Side elevation

Other Name(s)

Longlaketon United Church
Longlaketon Community Hall
Longlaketon Presbyterian Church

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1886/01/01 to 1886/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/08/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Longlaketon United Church is a Municipal Heritage Property occupying 1.2 hectares of land near the Town of Earl Grey in the Rural Municipality of Longlaketon No. 219. Located on a quiet road surrounded by fields and trees, the property features a cemetery and wood-frame church constructed in 1886.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of Longlaketon United Church resides in its status as one of the earliest churches in Saskatchewan and one of the oldest remaining buildings in the municipality. Constructed in 1886 to serve the Presbyterian community, it became a United Church in 1925 and served various denominations, including Presbyterians, Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and Roman Catholics. The first service was held on June 22, 1886, three days after construction was completed, and regular services continued as late as 1969. The strong ties with the community began in 1885 when volunteers raised donations for construction materials that they hauled over prairie trails from Regina. Volunteers, some of whom are buried in the cemetery, provided labour to build the church, pulpit and furniture, and a Mr. Wm. Arneil donated the land. The community continues to meet in the building for religious and family occasions and volunteers maintain the tradition of caring for the church, grounds and cemetery.

Heritage value also lies in the building's modest architecture. The building’s pioneer architecture is notable for the absence of a steeple and spire, which are often defining elements of church structures. However, the lack of this dominant element is in keeping with the modest building and its quiet setting.

Source:

Rural Municipality of Longlaketon No. 219 Bylaw No. 1/90.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of Longlaketon United Church resides in the following character-defining elements:
-pressed metal siding including both the simulated brick wall panels and the simulated stone foundation panels;
-original exterior windows and doors and their location; original building footprint; original building materials including door/window trim, and board wall siding;
-its pastoral setting and formal arrangement of graves and grave markers.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

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

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

1990/02/07

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 1314

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 1314

Status

Published

Related Places

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