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St. John the Divine Anglican Church

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3891 Kingsway
Description
St. John the Divine Anglican Church is a landmark wood-frame Gothic Revival church, with Gothic windows and spire. It is located on Kingsway, one of Burnaby’s main commercial thoroughfares, near the SkyTrain transit line and across the street from Central Park.
Associated Dates
1905
Formal Recognition
Community Heritage Register
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3891 Kingsway
Associated Dates
1905
Formal Recognition
Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Council Resolution
Enactment Date
09/06/2003
Description
St. John the Divine Anglican Church is a landmark wood-frame Gothic Revival church, with Gothic windows and spire. It is located on Kingsway, one of Burnaby’s main commercial thoroughfares, near the SkyTrain transit line and across the street from Central Park.
Heritage Value
St. John the Divine Anglican Church is valued as a symbol of the traditions of early Burnaby pioneers and as the oldest surviving church building in the city. Established in 1899, St. John was the first church in the community and was located at a prominent intersection of the old Vancouver-Westminster Road (now Kingsway) and the British Columbia Electric Railway’s interurban station at Central Park. This prominent intersection of the road and rail developed as the town centre of the Central Park district. The first St. John church was destroyed by fire, and was rebuilt at the same location in 1904-05. This church is additionally significant for its association with prominent local architect Joseph Henry Bowman (1864-1943) who emigrated from England in 1888. Bowman was a member of the parish, and designed both the first church and its subsequent replacement. Bowman’s prolific career embraced many stylistic changes and technological advances, and this church is a surviving example of one of his rare religious commissions. The design of the new church's nave and vestry was based on the Gothic Revival style of Christ Church Anglican in Surrey, B.C., which had been the former church of St. John’s incumbent Rev. William Bell. Evolving over time as the congregation grew, the church received a number of early additions, and in 1953 was substantially renovated and enlarged through a new design by Vancouver architect Ross Lort. The original church nave was separated from the tower and turned to allow for a large addition. The congregation relocated to a new church in 1998, and at that time removed the church's memorial windows, leaving behind a number of the original art glass windows installed in the 1920s. The church building was renovated in 2004-05, and surviving original elements were retained and restored, including of the original church tower and interior chancel ceiling. A valued feature of the building is the original cast iron church bell that remains in the tower. It was purchased by the children of the congregation in 1912, and in 1924 was rededicated on Armistice Day as a memorial to Burnaby resident Lt. James Donald McRae Reid, who died in the First World War.
Defining Elements
Key elements that define the heritage character of St. John the Divine Anglican Church include its: - location on the north side of Kingsway, opposite Central Park - ecclesiastical form, scale and massing as expressed by the offset tower and tall, gabled roof - tower with its original horizontal wooden drop siding, bellcast square roof with octagonal drum above and bellcast octagonal spire - cedar shingle roof cladding - metal cross at peak of spire - Gothic Revival details such as: Gothic lancet windows with leaded stained glass panels; Gothic entrance door at the base of the tower; pointed-arch louvers in the tower; and exterior gable end scissor-trusses - interior features such as wooden scissor-trusses with diagonal fir tongue and groove panelling on the ceiling above, fir tongue-and-groove panelling on the wall of the nave, and original cedar and fir pews and altar rails - cast iron bell in tower
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Person
Lt. James Donald McRae Reid
Architect
Joesph Henry Bowman
Function
Primary Historic--Place of Worship
Primary Current--Place of Worship
Community
Burnaby
Cadastral Identifier
003-398-871
Boundaries
St. John the Divine Anglican Church is comprised of a single institutional lot located at 3891 Kingway, Burnaby.
Area
3486.66
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Name Access
St John the Divine Anglican Church
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3891 Kingsway
Street View URL
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St. John the Divine Anglican Church

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto79059
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 12, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-124
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the St. John the Divine Anglican Church at 3895 Kingsway. It was constructed in 1899 and at the time of the photograph still held regular services.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 12, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-124
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the St. John the Divine Anglican Church at 3895 Kingsway. It was constructed in 1899 and at the time of the photograph still held regular services.
Photographer
Norton, Paul
Subjects
Buildings - Religious - Churches
Names
St John the Divine Anglican Church
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 3895 Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
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St. John The Divine Church

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto38297
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1985
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.6 x 17.6 cm
Item No.
398-004
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the exterior of St. John the Divine Anglican Church, at 3891 Kingsway.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1985
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
398-004
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.6 x 17.6 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the exterior of St. John the Divine Anglican Church, at 3891 Kingsway.
Subjects
Buildings - Religious - Churches
Buildings - Heritage
Names
St John the Divine Anglican Church
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph.
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 3891 Kingsway
Burnaby - Westminster Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
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St. John the Divine Church

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto38516
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[191-]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.5 x 14 cm
Item No.
449-011
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of St. John the Divine church at Kingsway and Central Park.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[191-]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
449-011
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.5 x 14 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of St. John the Divine church at Kingsway and Central Park.
Subjects
Buildings - Religious - Churches
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Names
St John the Divine Anglican Church
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 3891 Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
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Wedding of Vera and Albert Bruce

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37809
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 21, 1944 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.4 x 3.1 cm print on contact sheet 20.7 x 26.7 cm
Item No.
370-397
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Vera and Albert Bruce cutting the cake at their wedding at St. John the Divine Anglican Church near Central Park. Albert is in uniform.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 21, 1944 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-397
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.4 x 3.1 cm print on contact sheet 20.7 x 26.7 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Vera and Albert Bruce cutting the cake at their wedding at St. John the Divine Anglican Church near Central Park. Albert is in uniform.
Subjects
Clothing - Military Uniforms
Ceremonies - Weddings
Names
Bruce, Albert
Bruce, Vera
St John the Divine Anglican Church
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 3891 Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Bygones of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1977
The original St. John the Divine Anglican Church, built in 1899 in Central Park, was destroyed by fire in 1904. This build- ing, constructed on the north side of the Vancouver-Westminster Road [now Kingsway] took its place. 107
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Bygones of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1977
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Digital Book
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Church files - St. John the Divine

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990-2006
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 file of textual records (newsprint)
Item No.
43060
Storage Location
68-1-7-1
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper clippings pertaining to St. John the Divine Anglican Church.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990-2006
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Physical Description
1 file of textual records (newsprint)
Description Level
File
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Ephemera Collection
Item No.
43060
Storage Location
68-1-7-1
Accession Number
BHS2007-04
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper clippings pertaining to St. John the Divine Anglican Church.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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St. John the Divine and West Burnaby United Church papers

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1983-1989
Collection/Fonds
Evelyn Salisbury collection
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Item No.
MSS061-110
Storage Location
Bay 68 - Shelf 2
Scope and Content
File consists of pamphlets and newsletters with related newspaper clippings and correspondence pertaining to St. John the Divine Anglican Church and West Burnaby United Church.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1983-1989
Collection/Fonds
Evelyn Salisbury collection
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Description Level
File
Item No.
MSS061-110
Storage Location
Bay 68 - Shelf 2
Accession Number
BHS991-24
Scope and Content
File consists of pamphlets and newsletters with related newspaper clippings and correspondence pertaining to St. John the Divine Anglican Church and West Burnaby United Church.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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St. Albans Anglican Church

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1920] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-583
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of St. Albans the Martyr Anglican Church. This was probably the second Burnaby church (after St. John the Divine Anglican Church near Central Park), built c. 1909. The Love family worshipped there; it was also centre of their social activities.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1920] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-583
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of St. Albans the Martyr Anglican Church. This was probably the second Burnaby church (after St. John the Divine Anglican Church near Central Park), built c. 1909. The Love family worshipped there; it was also centre of their social activities.
Subjects
Buildings - Religious - Churches
Names
St Albans Anglican Church
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Annotation at bottom of photograph reads, "St. Alban's 1920"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 19th Avenue
Burnaby - 7717 19th Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Edmonds Area
Images
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[ca. 1938] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.9 x 2.6 cm print on contact sheet 20.4 x 26.5 cm
Item No.
370-313
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Annie King, seated at a table, at a social dance at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Kingsway.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[ca. 1938] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-313
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.9 x 2.6 cm print on contact sheet 20.4 x 26.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Annie King, seated at a table, at a social dance at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Kingsway.
Subjects
Furniture
Names
Ellis, Annie King
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 3891 Kingsway
Burnaby - Westminster Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Images
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Chapter Nine: Kingsway West School Neighbourhood, McKay District p. 314

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
. Mother said. Dr. Buller was another early Burnaby doctor. His house was next to the manse of St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Kingsway, by Central Park. He later moved to Vancouver. His Burnaby house is now (it must be very ancient but well built), a Souvlaki Restaurant painted blue and
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part I: 1888-1900
into the narrow but tall home on Westminster Road where their daughter, Elsie, was born about a year later. Their area was among the earliest pockets of settlement in the vast municipality. The Central Park pioneers were served by St. John the Divine Anglican Church, built in 1899, and West Burnaby
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part I: 1888-1900
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby's Heritage
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
2007
Notes
South Burnaby
ST. JOHN THE DIVINE ANGLICAN CHURCH 3895 Kingsway Joseph H. Bowman, Architect, 1904-05 Ross Lort, Architect, Addition in 1953 Heritage Register: Inventory opposite page: St Johns c. 1905 [BCA] below: St. Johns o. 1912 [BCA] Established in 1899, St. John was the first church in the
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby's Heritage
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
2007
Notes
South Burnaby
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part I: 1888-1900
Presbyterian Church and St. John the Divine Anglican Church. 79
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part I: 1888-1900
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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