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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church / Elim Chapel (546 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Designed by Winnipeg architect James H. Cadham and constructed in 1903, then enlarged in 1911 on a design by architect James McDiarmid, this building originally housed the congregation of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church. Following the 1925 unification of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregationalist faiths in Canada, it became the St. Stephen’s United Church. In 1927, the congregation merged with that of Broadway Methodist to form the St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church, based in the former Broadway Methodist building. The building was purchased by Sidney T. Smith for use by the non-denominational Elim Chapel, which had formerly operated a mission on Ellice Avenue.

Clerics

Period

Cleric

1903-1924

Charles William Gordon (1860-1937)

1924-1927

George A. Woodside (c1871-1955)

Photos & Coordinates

St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church

St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg

Elim Chapel

Elim Chapel (September 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of Elim Chapel

Interior of Elim Chapel (May 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88936, W97.15454
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Broadway Methodist Church / St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church (396 Broadway, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Matthews Anglican Church / West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Sidney Thomas Smith (1878-1947)

Sources:

“Plans for induction of Rev. Dr. Woodside tonight,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 June 1924, page 11.

“Church merger wins approval of presbytery,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 March 1927, page 6.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Famous pioneer church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1956, page 29.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2020

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