Yukon Register of Historic PlacesYRHP

St. Paul's Anglican Church National Historic Site Of Canada

Construction Period: From 1896 to 1905

Designation Level: Federal

in Dawson City

St. Paul's Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada, located on the banks of the Yukon River, is a component of the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada, Yukon. This example of frontier mission architecture was built in 1902 in the Gothic Revival style, its simple volumes set under a steeply pitched roof. The rectangular building has a central tower attached to the west end, truncated transepts and a semi-circular apse. Regularly placed, pointed arch side windows light the nave, while rose windows are set high in the transept terminals. Modest ornamentation includes the dark-painted accent boards and 'half timbering' boards on the upper section of the tower. Official recognition refers to the building on its legal lot at the time of designation (1989).

Construction Period: From 1896 to 1905        Designation Level: Federal

Designation Date: June 01, 1989

St. Paul's Anglican Church was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1989 because:

- it is a significant example of a mission church in the Gothic Revival Style.

Constructed in 1902 to serve the new settlement at Dawson, this small church is a significant example of frontier mission architecture. Its simple design blends Gothic Revival style elements, including stained glass windows and well-crafted woodwork, with an Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Other features include exposed roof trusses made of heavy timbers and transept-like side wings, which serve as a vestry, organ alcove, meeting and choir rooms. St. Paul's, which took the place of an earlier log building, is also a symbol of the long-standing presence of Anglican missions in Canada's North beginning here in the 1860s, ministering to Aboriginal peoples and later to miners and settlers.

Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, November 1989, February 1990.