St. Andrew's United Church
St. Andrew's Church
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1865/01/01 to 1872/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
St. Andrew’s Church is a one-storey, simple wood frame building. It is located in the community of Baddeck Forks, NS, in a tranquil, rural setting. The Municipality of the County of Victoria designated the church and land a municipal heritage property in 1992.
St. Andrew’s Church is valued for its simple, unadorned architecture, association with its builder, and its role in the community.
Construction of the church began in 1865 to replace the original circa 1837 church that was located directly across the road. Materials from the original church were incorporated into the new St. Andrew’s. Noted local church builder, Donald MacInnis from the nearby village of Whycocomagh was contracted by the congregation to build the church. The original agreement between the congregation and MacInnis called for the erection of a steeple. Due to a misunderstanding between both parties, the steeple was not included in the construction and the church remains today without one.
The church is located close to the main road on a small parcel of land that was purchased by the trustees. Its Greek Revival style, highlighted by corner pilasters, return eaves, rectangular massing and windows, remains intact. The church has not been greatly altered since its construction with the exception of the replacement of the original fieldstone foundation with concrete, closing off of the gallery, and painting of the pews and trim.
Source: Municipality of the County of Victoria, Municipal Heritage and Archives Department, St. Andrew's Church file.
Character-defining elements of St. Andrew’s Church include:
- all Greek Revival elements including pilasters, eave returns, and main entrance with cornice;
- symmetrical front elevation;
- ten-over-six wooden windows;
- windows in attic;
- wooden front door;
- gable roof;
- wood shingle siding;
- St. Andrew’s Church sign on building;
- location close to road in a rural setting;
- absence of tower and steeple;
- interior elements including wooden pews, trim, altar, gallery supported by wooden columns, and unpainted altar, choir and doors leading to sacristy and vestry.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
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
Municipality of the County of Victoria, Heritge Department, P.O. Box 370, Baddeck, N.S., B0E-1B0
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