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Conservation work underway for St. Andrew’s United Church

2019 St Andrews Church conservation work 

Lacombe, Alberta (September 20, 2019) - The City of Lacombe’s Heritage Resources Committee recently provided St. Andrew’s United Church with a $10,000 Municipal Historic Resource Grant to assist in the conservation work on the building’s masonry.

Masonry work is currently underway on the east and south walls of the church. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of fall.

“We are committed to the conservation and protection of our venerable historic places,” said Heritage Resources Committee Chair Melissa Blunden. “The current restoration of the brick walls at St. Andrew’s is an example of the projects the Committee is eager to assist with, and we welcome applications for grant funding from all municipally designated buildings.”

St. Andrew’s United Church is the first building to be designated as a Municipal Heritage Resource under the City’s Heritage Management Plan. The church, located at the corner of 53 Street and 51 Avenue, was constructed in 1908-1909.  Designed in the Gothic Revival-style, it is an example of Lacombe’s high quality architecture.

The church originally served the Presbyterian community of Lacombe. In 1922, upon the merger of the Methodist and Presbyterian congregations, it became the home of the newly formed United Church.

“We are dedicated to working with property owners who wish to preserve their heritage buildings,” said City Planner Jennifer Kirchner. “Buildings aged 50 years and older can potentially be designated, and those that receive designation can apply for grant funding from both the City and the Provincial Government.” 

For more information about the Heritage Preservation Program, please contact Jen Kirchner at jkirchner@lacombe.ca.

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