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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bru Frikirkju Lutheran Church (RM of Lorne)

The first Icelanders in south-central Manitoba built a church at Grund in 1889. A second church was built in 1910 at SE 21-6-13 west of the Principal Meridian, approximately 10 miles northwest of Baldur in the Rural Municipality of Lorne. According to local sources, the total project including an original oak interior and leaded stained glass windows cost congregation members a total of $5,000. All building materials were imported from outside the area for master builder Jon Olafsson of Glenboro. Present for the first service on 6 November 1910 were Rev. B. B. Jonasson, Rev. Jon Bjarnason, and home pastor Rev. Fridrik Hallgrimson. The equally beautiful and slightly older Grund Lutheran Church could be found a few miles south and west of the Bru Church.

The church was moved to its present location, two miles south of Cypress River, in 1998. It is now operated as Cafe Bru, a tea house and Bed & Breakfast.

Bru Frikirkju Lutheran Church

Bru Frikirkju Lutheran Church (2010)
Source: Ed Grassick

Site Location (lat/long): N49.51372, W99.07111
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bru Cemetery (RM of Argyle)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Co-operator Rural Buildings Series

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Frelsis (Liberty) Lutheran Church at Grund (RM of Argyle)

Sources:

Frikirkju Lutheran Church (Bru Lutheran Church), Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Information for this page was collected by Ed Grassick and prepared by Gordon Goldsborough..

Page revised: 28 February 2014

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