First United Church
233 3rd Avenue NE, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, S9H, Canada
First United Church
Knox Presbyterian Church (1913-1943)
First United Church (1943-present)
Links and documents
1913/01/01 to 1913/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The First United Church is a Municipal Heritage Property occupying three city lots at 233-3rd Avenue NE in the City of Swift Current. The property features a three-storey, red brick church constructed in 1913.
The heritage value of the First United Church lies in its status as the oldest church in Swift Current. The building was constructed for the Presbyterians in 1913 at a cost of approximately $25,000. The Presbyterians were the sole occupants of the building until 1943. That same year, the Swift Current Metropolitan Methodist Church burned down. This event led to the amalgamation of the Presbyterian and Methodist congregations to form the First United Church of Swift Current.
The heritage value of the First United Church also lies in its architecture. Constructed with a cross-axial layout and displaying a modest interpretation of the Gothic Revival style, including window tracery, brick and stone construction, and the steeply-pitched roof, the building is characteristic of the Presbyterian churches constructed in larger communities across the prairies during the first decades of the 19th century.
City of Swift Current Bylaw No. 21-1985 of 1985.
The heritage value of the First United Church resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that reflect the Gothic Revival architectural style, such as the arched, stained glass windows, the window tracery, and the intermittent use of brick and stone throughout;
-those architectural elements characteristic of Presbyterian churches throughout Canada, such as the cross-axial layout, the high-pitched roof, and the inclusion of a narthex (vestibule), nave, chancel and corner bell tower.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
1943/01/01 to 1943/12/31
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
Location of Supporting Documentation
Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive
File: MHP 840
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