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Presbyterian Church Manse

129 Park Street, Emerson, Manitoba, R0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/07/13

Primary elevation, from the south, of the Presbyterian Church Manse, Emerson, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2006
Primary Elevation
Contextual view, from the southwest, of the Presbyterian Church Manse, Emerson, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2006
Contextual View
Detail view of the concrete block walls and roof of the Presbyterian Church Manse, Emerson, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2006

Other Name(s)

Presbyterian Church Manse
129 Park Street
Presbyterian Manse
129, rue Park
Résidence du pasteur presbytérienne

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Construction Date(s)

1905/01/01 to 1905/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/11/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The plain concrete block Presbyterian Church Manse, built in Emerson in 1905, is a municipally designated site. The 2 1/2-storey dwelling is situated on an open corner lot in an older residential neighbourhood in the town's north end. The designation applies to the house and its site.

Heritage Value

The Presbyterian Church Manse, a moulded concrete block structure, illustrates the use of an alternative building material popular in southern Manitoba from about 1890 to 1905. Expressive and durable, concrete blocks also were economical as they could be produced more quickly than kiln-dried brick and were more affordable than cut stone. The manse is one of several concrete block structures in Emerson. Built by David Wright, an Emerson pioneer and contractor who owned a concrete block manufacturing business, the solid dwelling is designed in the four-square style, a roomy building type popularized through pattern books and in vogue from about 1885 to 1940. Its situation on a broad grassed lot makes the house a neighbourhood landmark.

Source: The Town of Emerson By-law No. 93/189, July 13, 1993

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the site character of the Presbyterian Church Manse include:
- the placement of the house on a large residential lot, set back from the street and centred within a broad expanse of lawn bordered by deciduous trees

Key elements that define the building's exterior heritage character include:
- its blocky form based on a four-square plan and typified by the solid proportions, large pyramidal roof, overhanging eaves, gabled dormers on two sides and symmetrical facades with tall rectangular openings
- the concrete block construction, including the thicker pronounced foundation walls and four verandah posts
- the basic decorative features such as the wooden sunburst motifs in the dormers, the open verandah's plain concrete posts with capitals and lower concrete block floor supports designed as an airy screen, etc.

Key internal elements of the dwelling's four-square plan include:
- the central-hall configuration, including a large front living room, dining room, study, pantry and rear kitchen on the main floor and upper-storey bedrooms
- the features and finishes, including the main-floor maple floors and upstairs fir floor




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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



David Wright

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Emerson PO Box 340 Emerson Manitoba R0A 0L0

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