This impressive brick church building on north Main Street in Winnipeg, named for early Methodist missionery George M. McDougall, was designed by local architect Edward Lowery and constructed in 1891 by Phillip Burnett and James Henry Neil. Its sanctuary has mezzanines on three sides. After the unification of Methodist, Congregational, and Presbyterian faiths in Canada, in 1925, the United church was sold five years later to a group of immigrants from the region of Bukovina in Western Ukraine. The building’s interior and exterior were renovated to meet the requirements of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. An iconostatis was built by George Billas and the first icons were painted by Hnat Sych. Three domes were added in 1952. The iconostatis was repainted and the icons were replaced in 1966, the new icons being done by Mrs. E. Stachursky.
For a large part of its history, it was part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America but it came under the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada when the UOCC was canonically placed under the Patriarch of Constantinople.
John Semmens (1850-1921)
William “Bill” Ivens (1878-1958)
Rev. Hiram Hull
Among the clerics was John Alexander Melnyk.
McDougall Memorial Methodist Church (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg
The former McDougall Memorial Methodist Church (November 2015)
Source: George Penner
Interior of the former McDougall Memorial Methodist Church (November 2015)
Source: George Penner
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91108, W97.13244
denoted by symbol on the map above
Memorable Manitobans: George Millward McDougall (c1820-1876)
“James H. Neil, noted builder here, is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 December 1927, page 15.
A Study of the Church Buildings in Manitoba of the Congregational, Methodist, Presbyterian and United Churches of Canada by Neil Bingham, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1987, 289 pages.
Our History, The Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Ivan Suchavsky.
We thank Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 19 February 2022
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