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Chinese United Church

303 High Street W, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/01/09

View of front entryway and tower of the Chinese United Church, 1985.; Government of Saskatchewan, Wayne Zelmer, 1985.
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Other Name(s)

Chinese United Church
First Presbyterian Church
Saint Paul's Church

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Construction Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1883/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Chinese United Church is a Municipal Heritage Property located on two lots in the City of Moose Jaw. Situated on the corner of High Street and Third Avenue North West, the property features a 1½-storey, wood-frame, stucco-clad church built in 1883.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Chinese United Church lies in its significance as the oldest recorded building in the community of Moose Jaw. Built in the summer of 1883, the church was constructed during the initial boom that followed the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Moose Jaw in 1882. The architecture of the church has a Gothic vernacular influence, evident through features such as the lancet windows, steeply pitched gable roof, tower, and spire.

The Chinese United Church building’s heritage value also rests in its association with various Moose Jaw religious congregations. Built on the outskirts of the community by local Presbyterians, the building was moved in 1884. The building was moved three more times with the last move occurring in 1903 when the Free Methodists purchased it and moved it to its present site.

The heritage value of the Chinese United Church also lies in its association with the Chinese community of Moose Jaw. A pastor from the nearby Zion Methodist Church began working with the Chinese community and by 1912 a mission was established with the support of members of the Chinese community, prominent citizens and other churches. Since 1954, the church building served both spiritual and social functions for members of the Chinese community. The church is a symbol of the achievements and struggles of the Chinese in Moose Jaw and their relations with the broader community.


City of Moose Jaw Bylaw No. 4215, 1984.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Chinese United Church resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those features which reflect the age and gothic vernacular style of the building, such as the lancet windows, steeply pitched gable roof, asymmetrically placed tower and pyramid shaped spire with finial, and interior balcony;
-those features that speak to its association with the Chinese community, including hymn boards, signage on the front exterior and the building’s location on its current site;
-those features that speak to the building’s use as a place for gathering, such as the open space of the interior of the building.




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)


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

Heritage Resources Branch Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Government of Saskatchewan Regina, Saskatchewan File: MHP 626

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 626



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