St. Stephen's United Church (1891) — Delta, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
N 49° 05.513 W 122° 57.270
10U E 503321 N 5437670
Quick Description: Built in the classic shape of a one-storey wood frame front-gabled Gothic Revival church, St. Stephen's United Church has been serving the East Delta farming community since 1891.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/16/2017 3:40:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMTX1D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
From Canada's Historic Places:
St. Stephen's United Church is valued for its association with pioneering Delta families and the early development of the East Delta community, settled at an early date in the district's history on account of its flat, fertile land. The first country parish church on the site was built in 1881 on land donated by the McKee family, one of the original pioneering families in the area; two years later the church burned down, and was replaced by this current structure in 1890-91. Originally a Presbyterian denomination, it was a place of worship and community for the McKee, Kittson, Honeyman, Robertson, Smillie, Dennis and Huff families, thus serving as a valuable legacy of Delta's pioneering origins and earliest settlement.

Additionally, St. Stephen's United Church is valued as a good and early example of a simple, Gothic Revival vernacular church structure. Modest in size and form, the church, with its basic rectangular plan and front-gabled roof, is distinguished by Gothic pointed-arch windows. Notably, some of the windows retain their original etched glass panes, with a small, unetched quatrefoil pattern; this glass would not have been available locally and would have been an expensive imported feature. Typical of Presbyterian churches, the decoration of St. Stephen's was minimal and restrained. Well maintained and with few substantial changes other than a rear addition, the church remains in excellent, and mostly original, interior and exterior condition.

St. Stephen's United Church is an early surviving example of the work of prominent local contractor, John B. Elliot (1857-1930), after whom one of Ladner's streets is named. Elliot worked extensively throughout Delta, building many of the most prominent early homes and many commercial buildings, including canneries.

Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1891

Age of Church building determined by?: Cornerstone or plaque

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: United

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 10:00 AM

Street address of Church:
9696 Ladner Trunk Road
Delta, BC Canada

Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

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If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed

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