Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Site 39:
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Location:
725 Ferguson Street
Date Originally Built:
1937
Present Use:
As above
Evaluation Score:
Priority Two

The Redeemer Lutheran church is located on the south side of Ferguson Street, northeast of Second Avenue. The church fronts onto both Second Avenue and Ferguson. The location is adjacent to picturesque Memorial Park and the War Memorial.

The construction the current Redeemer Lutheran Church was completed in 1937. Until the construction of the present-day church, the congregation had been meeting in the Orange Lodge at the corner of McIntyre and Fisher Street. A substantial rent increase at the lodge in 1936 hastened the search for a suitable building lot on which a permanent church might be constructed. Architect W.E. Noffke of Ottawa was sought out to draft the design.

Native granite rock on the exterior of the building gives the church a unique appearance. The stone was quarried as Highway 11 North (Thibeault Hill) was blasted. The stone was not cut into traditional bricks; rather, it was mortared in an unusual, asymmetrical and random fashion. The interior of the church is striking with whitewashed walls sitting in contrast to large, dark wooden beams. The pitch of the ceiling is dramatic, as in main churches, and several gothic arches lead the eye to the altar. This church still serves its original purpose more than eighty years later.