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All Saints Victoria Anglican Church

Stonewall, Manitoba, R0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/02/13

Contextual view, from the southeast, of All Saints Victoria Anglican Church, Stonewall area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Tower view of All Saints Victoria Anglican Church, Stonewall area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Construction Date(s)

1877/01/01 to 1877/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

All Saints Victoria Anglican Church is a one-storey wood-frame/log building constructed in 1877 and located on a well-treed site among open fields in the Stonewall area. The provincial designation applies to the church and its lot, which includes the church cemetery.

Heritage Value

All Saints Victoria Anglican Church is one of the earliest Anglican churches built outside the riverbank-oriented confines of the original Red River Settlement in Manitoba. It also is one of the few remaining examples of dovetail log construction dating from the transformative era when this technique was replacing its predecessor, the Red River frame method. As pioneers began venturing on to the open prairie to seek better farming opportunities than those in the crowded settlement, their limited resources yielded humble, unpretentious ecclesiastical structures such All Saints Victoria, with its straightforward approach to worship characterized by a vernacular sensibility, restrained Gothic Revival detailing and a simple bell-cote. The church also is noted for its association with Reverend Samuel Matheson, its first minister, who went on to a distinguished teaching career and prominent leadership positions in the church, regionally and nationally.

Source: Manitoba Heritage Council Minute, January 13, 1996

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the All Saints Victoria Anglican Church site include:
- the placement of the church on a wooded, well-groomed lot in the Stonewall area, facing south to a gravel road and surrounded on three sides by a cemetery holding many graves of local pioneers

Key elements that define the church's modest Gothic Revival exterior styling include:
- the symmetrical box-like form with a gable roof clad in wood shingles and a small projecting front entrance, also with a gable roof
- the modest open bell-cote centred atop the south end of the roof, featuring wood shingles around the square base, an open middle section to expose views to the bell and a pyramidal roof topped with a wooden weather arrow below a simple Latin cross
- the wood-frame and log construction featuring painted horizontal wood siding with trim in a contrasting colour at corners and around openings, concealing the dovetail joins
- the simple double-hung windows throughout, set in pointed arches, with basic wooden tracery, top lights of coloured glass and uncomplicated wooden surrounds
- the details, including the brick chimney, etc.

Key elements that define the church's internal details and finishes include:
- the simple hall plan with a centre aisle bisecting the nave and a raised chancel
- the wood planking on the floors and gambrel ceiling
- the details, including the wainscotting, moulding, simple wooden pews, the delicately carved chancel screen, the pointed arched wooden plank door in the small vestry, the organ, etc.




Recognition Authority

Province of Manitoba

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Site

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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

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue Winnipeg MB

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