Knox Church

PROJECT:

Knox Church

LOCATION:

Calgary, Alberta

APPLICATION:

Roofing

ARCHITECT:

Francis James Lawson

CONTRACTOR:

METAL SUPPLIER:



DESCRIPTION:

One of the many landmarks in Calgary is the Gothic Revival Knox United Church, which was dedicated in 1913 although it wasn't yet
completed. At one point it was the tallest structure in the city, although any visitor today will recognize that that honour was eclipsed many
years ago.



Designed by Francis James Lawson of Calgary, a Scottish trained architect, Knox United was originally built for a grand total of $200,000.
He also designed Braemar Lodge, the Simmons residence and portions of the General Hospital in Calgary. It was built by local contractors
Fish and Martin and features a sandstone exterior with a copper roof.



Copper was used for the roof, as well as for the gutters, downspouts and other features, as is the case for many churches and other
religious structures across Canada. It has matured to the familiar greenish-gray patina, although it is commonly thought that in the West
copper tends to evolve to a black or dark brown. Perhaps the length of time in service has contributed to this colouration.



Copper was used for the roof, as well as for the gutters, downspouts and other features, as is the case for many churches and other
religious structures across Canada. It has matured to the familiar greenish-gray patina, although it is commonly thought that in the West
copper tends to evolve to a black or dark brown. Perhaps the length of time in service has contributed to this colouration.