Former Bethel United Church - Kelowna, BC
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N 49° 52.382 W 119° 26.570
11U E 324477 N 5527375
Quick Description: The former Bethel United Church is in Benvoulin Heritage Park along Benvoulin Road in Kelowna, at number 2279.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/5/2015 12:40:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMN6K7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
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Long Description:
This church was built in 1892 as the Bethel Presbyterian Church, the only one between Vernon and the US border. It was built by H W Raymer, who in 1905 became Kelowna's first mayor. In 1891 a townsite had been laid out in this area by George Grant MacKay, a real estate promoter, in hopes of establishing a town. The hamlet, then village, then town, then city of Kelowna proved to be better situated, on the lake and closer to the major means of transportation of the day. As a result, Benvoulin sputtered and slowly died, with this church being the last remaining evidence that it ever existed.

It was built of wood from the Eli Lequime sawmill in a Gothic Revival style. It served as a Presbyterian Church until 1925 when the congregation joined the United Church of Canada. It eventually closed in 1964 and was used as a youth centre and a coffee house. in 1982 the Central Okanagan Heritage Society was formed and this church was its first project. Restored, and with a new bell tower as per the original, the church reopened in 1986 and continues to see use to this day as a community and cultural centre.

The church was designated a heritage building on December 19th, 1983, by the City of Kelowna.

Kelowna Heritage Register web page


Reformed or Congregational Denomination: United Church of Canada

Status: Converted to other use

2279 Benvoulin Road
Kelowna, BC Canada
V1W 2C8

Date of Construction or Event Occurrence: 1/1/1892

Associated Website: Not listed

Architect: Not listed

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