Immanuel Lutheran Church - Former

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a Municipal Heritage Property located on a five-hectare parcel of land, approximately 16 kilometres northeast of the Town of Craven in the Rural Municipality of Lumsden No. 189. The property features a brick church with fieldstone foundation built in 1916 and a shelter belt of poplar trees on the building's north side.

The heritage value of Emmanuel Lutheran Church lies in its status as the first church established to provide worship services and a place for social gatherings for Lutheran settlers, who arrived in the Craven district in 1904 and established a congregation in 1911. H. Wellbaum, the church's third pastor, arrived in 1914, and was instrumental in the building of the church, along with Zehner-area contractor Joe Fuchs in 1916. The church was described as "one of the finest rural church buildings in the Synod of Western Canada", with a number of congregations modelling their own churches after it. While the church no longer has regular services, it is still used for special occasions.

Heritage value also lies in the building's architecture. Influenced by the Gothic Revival style common in rural churches of the period, the building features pointed-arch windows and doorway, front bell tower, witch's cap spire, and gable roof. The fieldstone foundation reflects local construction methods, and the brick façade with detailed quoining imparts a sense of permanence and prestige. The building's religious nature is also reflected in its interior elements, such as the altar, oak balcony, and pews, as well as in the Gothic-arched entryway. Although the spire was removed when the building was sold to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971, it was restored after the property was bought by the RM of Lumsden.

Located on its original site, Emmanuel Lutheran Church is framed by a shelterbelt of trees, which distinguishes the property from the surrounding landscape.


Land Location SW S3 T21 R19 W2M
Rural Municipality 189 - Lumsden
GPS Location 50° 44' 47.63" N, 104° 33' 33.27" W
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