Historic downtown building celebrates 100 years
Published Sunday, June 3, 2012 3:42PM MDT
A historical building in downtown Edmonton celebrated its 100th anniversary Sunday.
The First Presbyterian Church, located at 10025 105 Street, was built in 1912.
To commemorate the milestone, the church held a rededication ceremony Sunday.
"It's a wonderful day to celebrate," said Rev. Harry Currie.
"It's not really just a church treasure, it's an Edmonton treasure and an Alberta treasure, this historic building."
A number of special activities were held to celebrate the anniversary. On Saturday night the church hosted a special dinner. On Sunday morning the church invited people to come take a commemorative rededication photo on the steps of the building before taking part in a unique church service.
Those who attended the service listened to a special organ performance and got a chance to view historical displays.
"We've got a really big crowd with some wonderful energy here today. It's a very positive day," Currie said.
Currie said the First Presbyterian Church is a very unique building in Edmonton.
"They don't make many churches in this style anymore," he said.
"It is a beautiful worship space and it's designed around worship."
In 1987, the province declared the First Presbyterian Church as a historic resource.
In 2000, a plaque was unveiled to the church by the city, granting it historic designation.
"It's a testament to the people who have been a part of this for so many years and have done so many things for this community to make a difference from people being in government, on city council, on school boards, this church has contributed a lot of people to this community," Currie said.