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Church of Our Lord

626 Blanshard Street, Victoria, Colombie-Britannique, V8W, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1979/06/28

Exterior view of the Church of Our Lord, 2004; City of Victoria, Liberty Walton, 2004.
northeast elevation
Exterior view of the Church of Our Lord; City of Victoria, Liberty Walton, 2004.
east elevation
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Autre nom(s)

Church of Our Lord
Cridge Memorial Hall

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/08/17

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Church of Our Lord is a Carpenter Gothic style wooden church with a separate annex called the Cridge Memorial Hall, located on the corner of Humbolt and Blanshard Streets.

Valeur patrimoniale

The Church of Our Lord is a testament to the founding of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Canada, one of the pioneering religious denominations in the City of Victoria. It is notable that this church was founded by Reverend Edward Cridge, the first Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Canada and an instrumental figure in the city's religious growth since 1855. Established in 1874 under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society of England, and connected to the Reformed Episcopal Church of the United States, the presence of the Reformed Episcopal Church on the Canadian west coast indicates the early growth of this denomination in North America. Built in 1876, subsequent to a schism of the nearby Anglican Church of England, this church is representative of the early religious diversification of Victoria.

The Church of our Lord is also valued for its atypical architectural style and is the oldest church in Victoria. Designed by architect John Teague, its simplistic vertical lines, steep gable roof, and board-and-batten siding distinguish it from the elaborate masonry churches nearby. The wood form of the Carpenter Gothic style is an excellent example of the adaptation of the classic Gothic style to suit local building materials. In keeping with the beliefs of religious revivals, this style was used for churches across North America. Located on property donated by James Douglas, this freestanding building is one of the few remaining wooden structures of this style and era intact in BC. It is a significant historic landmark on the outskirts of the Old Town District.

Additionally, the replacement of an original Sunday School annex by the Cridge Memorial Hall (1929), designed by notable architects Samuel Maclure and Hubert Savage, reflects the continued growth of the church's congregation.

Source: City of Victoria Planning & Development Department

Éléments caractéristiques

The character defining elements of the Church of Our Lord include:
- the prominent location of this free-standing building at the corner of Blanshard and Humbolt Streets
- the Carpenter Gothic style elements which act as distinguishing features, such as the board-and-batten siding, vertical buttress piers, bell tower, rose window, and steep gable roof
- key interior features relating to John Teague's design, found in spatial configurations, pointed-arch windows, leaded and stained glass windows, decorative elements, hammer beam ceiling, authentic woodwork and paneling
- the Cridge Memorial Hall, with design details reflective of the church




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1929/01/01 à 1930/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Établir une vie sociale et communautaire
Les institutions religieuses

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Religion, rituel et funéraille
Centre religieux ou lieu de culte

Architecte / Concepteur

John Teague



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Victoria Planning & Development Department

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




Inscriptions associées

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