Tag Archives: vernacular architecture

All of a Sudden, This. (Wroxton)

Driving on an unfamiliar road far from the Gap, yet still very much in Saskatchewan (though drifting close to Manitoba). Different landscape, different cultures who call it home, different cues to those cultures. A rich, gently undulating landscape. The land had a feeling of weight to it. Farms nestled in stands of natural aspen and birch. An abundance of water in creeks, sloughs, full-fledged rivers (the Swan and the Assiniboine) And then all of a sudden, this. A church in a community that looks to be in its death throes. But I know better than to think all tiny towns are dying. They are as full of life as the people who choose to live there still. And yet this church, this church, as well as the grain elevator peeping over its shoulder, might be nearing the end. It stands straight now, but what is its future?

Wroxton. September 3, 2015.
Wroxton. September 3, 2015.
Wroxton. September 3, 2015.
Wroxton. September 3, 2015.
Wroxton. September 3, 2015.
Wroxton. September 3, 2015.
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St. Martin’s, Billimun

Spotted this lonely church as I was driving home on Highway 18 from Grasslands National Park. September 2, 2013.
Spotted this lonely church as I was driving home on Highway 18 from Grasslands National Park. September 2, 2013.
September 2, 2013.
September 2, 2013.
September 2, 2013.
September 2, 2013.
The tin cladding and roof will hopefully preserve the structure for some time, though in my opinion it does take away a bit of the original character. September 2, 2013.
The tin cladding and roof will hopefully preserve the structure for some time, though in my opinion it does take away a bit of the original character. September 2, 2013.
A true country church, though there is an old schoolhouse across the road and a couple of abandoned farms. Though isolated and lonely now, this spot was no doubt once the centre of a rural community. September 2, 2013.
A true country church, though there is an old schoolhouse across the road and a couple of abandoned farms. Though isolated and lonely now, this spot was no doubt once the centre of a rural community. September 2, 2013.
Some context. September 2, 2013.
Some context. September 2, 2013.