Church of Our Lady of Good Hope

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Church of Our Lady of Good Hope
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope - 2006.jpg
66°15′07″N 128°38′38″W / 66.2519°N 128.6439°W / 66.2519; -128.6439Coordinates: 66°15′07″N 128°38′38″W / 66.2519°N 128.6439°W / 66.2519; -128.6439
Country Canada
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Listing at Diocesan website
History
Founded 1864 (1864)
Dedication Our Lady of Good Hope
Associated people Émile Petitot
Architecture
Status Mission
Functional status Active
Heritage designation National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 1977
Architectural type Carpenter Gothic
Groundbreaking 1865
Completed 1885
Specifications
Length 45 feet (14 m)
Width 25 feet (7.6 m)
Number of floors 1
Number of spires 1
Materials Wooden frame
Administration
Archdiocese Grouard-McLennan
Diocese

Mackenzie-Fort Smith

Official name Church of Our Lady of Good Hope National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 1977

The Church of Our Lady of Good Hope is an historic Carpenter Gothic-style Roman Catholic church building located on a bluff overlooking the Mackenzie River in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, Canada. Only 45 feet by 25 feet in size, it was built between 1865 and 1885 as a mission of the Oblate Fathers. Father Émile Petitot, "renowned ethnologist, linguist and geographer of the Canadian northwest" was a resident of the mission from 1864 to 1878.[1]

The building's simple exterior, with its wooden siding, steep pitched roof, lancet windows and lancet entranceway under a steepled bell tower, make it a rather plain example of Carpenter Gothic style architecture, which belies the extraordinary painted decoration of its interior.[1][2]

The Church of Our Lady of Good Hope was designated a National Historic Site of Canada on June 6, 1977. The designation does not include the historic cemetery located to the left of the church building.[1]

Church of Our Lady of Good Hope - interior
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope - rear interior

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