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Elkhorn United Church

102 Foxford Avenue East, Elkhorn, Manitoba, R0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1994/02/16

Primary elevations, from the southwest, of Elkhorn United Church, Elkhorn, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism 2006
Primary Elevation
Contextual view, from the south, of Elkhorn United Church, Elkhorn, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism 2005
Contextual View
Interior view of Elkhorn United Church, Elkhorn, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2005

Other Name(s)

Elkhorn United Church
Elkhorn Methodist Church
Elkhorn Union Church

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Construction Date(s)

1903/01/01 to 1903/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Elkhorn United Church, built in 1903 for a Methodist congregation, is a large brick-clad building on a residential street in Elkhorn. The municipal designation applies to the church and the lots it occupies.

Heritage Value

Elkhorn United Church is a fine example of a substantial community church built in a growing rural centre in the early twentieth century. Its functional design, restrained Gothic Revival embellishments, quality materials and modified Akron plan are typical of the era's Methodist architecture. Through its cornerstones and fine oak pulpit from the local Presbyterian church, the well-appointed structure also recalls the process of Protestant church union in rural Manitoba. Presbyterians and Methodists first shared the premises, renamed for a time as the Elkhorn Union Church, then in 1925 became one congregation within the United Church of Canada.

Source: Village of Elkhorn By-law No. 1-94, February 16, 1994

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Elkhorn United Church site include:
- the building's placement, facing south, highly visible on a prominent corner lot, one block north of Elkhorn's main business street

Key exterior elements that define the church's modest Gothic Revival style include:
- the irregular massing based on a core rectangular volume, with a secondary volume and tower affixed to the west side
- the complex roofline composed of a moderately steep, forward-facing gable roof on the main volume, a cross gable extending west and a hipped roof covering a small north-side extension
- Gothic Revival features such as tall pointed windows, bar tracery in the main (south) window and a steep pyramidal tower roof accented by decorative gables with scrolled bargeboards and finial
- the buff brick cladding with restrained detailing, including pointed arches and drip moulding over the windows, the stringcourse on the tower, etc.
- other features and details such as the high fieldstone foundation, the elevated tower entrance, cornerstones identifying the structure and commemorating church union, return eaves, wood shingles on the north gable ends, etc.

Key elements that define the church's well-appointed interior include:
- the multi-room layout, based on a small church variation of the Akron plan, with a spacious nave in the main volume and a multi-purpose room and office area to the west
- the nave's three sections of curved wooden pews focussed on the central service platform and the choir set in an alcove beneath a broadly arched ceiling
- the large, complex, stained-glass south window with panels
- materials, finishes and features such as the vertical wood wainscotting, generous wood trim and solid wood doors; the large pocket doors between the nave and multi-purpose room; the choir's solid wood divider, anchored by square posts with carved detailing; the oak pulpit; etc.




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

The Village of Elkhorn 10 Grange Street Box 280 Elkhorn MB R0M 0N0

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