Day 62 – Knox Church   11 comments

The Knox Presbyterian Church was built in 1907 in the gothic revival style in the heart of Strathcona. It served as home to a Presbyterian congregation who had, until then, shared a joint Methodist-Presbyterian Church since 1892. By 1907 both congregations had outgrown their shared church and each moved to new buildings.

In 1925 with the union of the Congregationalist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, it became known as Knox United Church. The congregation then merged with the Metropolitan United Church in 1972 and the church was sold to the Evangelical Free Church.

Knox Hall, the somewhat contrasting addition at the back of the church, was added in 1949 in honour of those serving in the world wars.

This church was built at a significant time in Edmonton’s history. In 1906, Edmonton had just been declared the provincial capital. In 1907, Strathcona was incorporated as a city (population: 3,500) and was also selected as the site for the University of Alberta.

In 1906, the Edmonton’s population grew by 30%. The city was expanding rapidly and there was so much demand for new housing that the Carpenters and Joiners Union had the leverage to negotiate an 8-hour work day and a minimum daily wage of $3/hour (an increase of 50% for common labourers).

The Edmonton area was likely home to only a couple of dozen cars (in 1905, there were just six cars in the city) and horses were still the primary mode of transportation. Still, cars were becoming more popular and in 1906 the provincial government passed the Act to Regulate the Speed and Operation of Motor Vehicles on Highways. The Act required car owners to have permits allowing them to operate their vehicles and restricted the speed in any city, village or town to a maximum of 10 miles per hour.

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11 responses to “Day 62 – Knox Church

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  1. Mike
    Gerry and I were married in Knox United on October 28, 1967.

  2. Really love the photo, great HDR effect

  3. Keep them coming. I’m really enjoying the history as well as the photos’

  4. Love the write up, the image is great! Very nice touch w/the boarder.

    • And of course I meant border!! đŸ˜›

    • I’m glad you like the write-up – really. Shooting heritage buildings is fun, but I neglected to factor in the research time. It turns out there’s no information on the web about Knox Church, so I actually had to take myself down to the reference section at the library!

  5. I just love visiting! So this is HDR? It’s great, the thing is resonating sermon…!

  6. Great photo Mike, I really like this one. You actually went to a library? Is that on the list of heritage sites too?

    • Glad you like the photo. And yes, I know, I actually went to a library to do some research. Not sure I’ve done that since the 80s. Our library might have to wait a few years before getting heritage listed – they only opened in 2002.

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