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Tummel United Church

Shell River, Manitoba, R0L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/09/14

Contextual view, from the northwest, of Tummel United Church, Tummel, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
Contextual View
Primary elevations, from the south, of Tummel United Church, Tummel, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
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Other Name(s)

Tummel United Church
Tummel Presbyterian Church
Tummel Union Church
Église presbytérienne de Tummel
Église Tummel Union

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Construction Date(s)

1907/01/01 to 1907/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/05/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Tummel United Church, completed in 1907, is a wood-frame building on a plot of farmland in the village of Tummel. The municipal designation applies to the church and its grounds.

Heritage Value

Tummel United Church, built as Tummel Presbyterian to replace an earlier (1887) log structure located four kilometres to the south, is a fine example of a rural community church that emphasizes functionality. The tidy wooden facility, erected largely by volunteer labour and fully completed only as sufficient funds became available, also is the oldest operating church in the Shell River municipality. Its straightforward design and materials, and modest Gothic Revival appointments, made it a suitable home for a union church formed by local Presbyterians and Methodists in 1916, nearly a decade before their parent bodies created the United Church of Canada. Situated on sheltered level grounds, this enduring house of worship offers services on a limited summer schedule.

Source: Rural Municipality of Shell River By-law No. 19/63, September 14, 1993

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Tummel United Church site include:
- the building's placement at a rural crossroads in Tummel, surrounded by hedges and trees

Key exterior elements that define the church's restrained Gothic Revival style include:
- the simple L-shaped form with the main volume set beneath a tall, steep, side gable roof and the porch under a lower perpendicular gable roof
- the orderly fenestration, defined by arched windows with Y-tracery set symmetrically along the east and west sides, in a group of three on the south facade, as a tall narrow opening on the south face of the porch and in a transom over the double-door entrance
- the unpretentious materials and finishes, including the white-painted horizontal wood siding with dark window and door trim, storm windows with metal latches, a brick chimney, wood shingles, etc.
- the cornerstone identifying stages in the building's history




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 Shell River 213-2nd Avenue NW Box 998 Roblin MB R0L 1P0

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