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St. Luke's Anglican Church Registered Heritage Structure

St. Luke's Anglican Church, Placentia
detail of Gothic Revival window
St. Luke's Church, Placentia

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Built in 1906, St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Placentia is a wooden church built in the Gothic Revival style. This church was preceded by at least two other churches on the same site. This designation includes the church building and surrounding graveyard.

Heritage Value

St. Luke’s Anglican Church has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador for its architectural, historic, and environmental values.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church is architecturally valuable as a good example of the Gothic Revival style employed in a rural church. The style is simplified and constructed of wood but integral elements such as pointed arch windows and stained glass are used throughout. Furthermore, built by the congregation in 1906, this church has withstood the harsh Newfoundland climate for almost 100 years. It stands as a testament to the quality of craftsmanship during this period.

Historically, St. Luke’s Anglican Church is important as a representation of the Anglican Church in Placentia. This church is the second Anglican Church on this site and there has been at least one Catholic Church on this site as well. It is also speculated that there was an even earlier church on this site with Basque roots. This church is representative of the religious struggle that accompanied the military struggle that occurred in Placentia during its history.

The grounds of St. Luke’s Anglican Church include a Basque gravesite with headstones dating to the 17th century. This gravesite is indicative of a Basque presence in Placentia over three centuries ago.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Placentia - St. Luke’s Anglican Church – FPT 1600”

Character Defining Elements

All those elements which are representative of the Gothic Revival style including:
-wooden construction;
-clapboard cladding;
-pointed arch windows;
-bell tower;
-returned eaves; and,
-size, dimensions and location of building.

All elements that define the environmental value of the location including:
-gravesite and headstones; and,
-location of church.

Location and History

Community Placentia
Municipality Town of Placentia
Civic Address Sweetman Avenue
Construction 1906 - 1908
Style Gothic Revival
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade