8403 104 Street, Edmonton
This solid brick church in Strathcona stands as a testimonial to the enduring faith of early south side pioneers. The building, now home to Knox Evangelical Free Church, was built in 1907 as Knox Presbyterian through the inspiration of Reverend David. G. McQueen.
The church was designed by Herbert Magoon, E.C. Hopkins and P. Leonard James of Edmonton, in Gothic Revival style, and built by Thomas Richards of Strathcona. In 1911, large organ pipes were installed and in 1949 a brick hall was constructed. Stained glass windows were added in 1957. The church’s exterior style reflects the retention of Scottish traditions with an asymmetrical bell tower, perpendicular tracery on windows, crockets on top of the tower, and other features typical of Presbyterian churches. Interior features include a serpentine-shaped balcony, an arched dome, and an ‘in the round’ sanctuary design.
With the 1925 union of the Congregationalist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, it became known as Knox United Church. In 1972, following the merger of the Knox congregation and nearby Metropolitan United Church, the building was purchased by the Evangelical Free Church.
One of the oldest remaining brick churches in Edmonton and a well-known religious landmark in Strathcona, the building was designated as a Provincial Registered Historic Resource in 1976, and is on the “A” list of Registered Historic Resources in Edmonton.
- Edmonton Historical Board
Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award
Registered Historic Resource (7/14/1976)