23 oversized folders of blueprints and sketches by Philip Ruh. The blueprints and sketches comprise churches and church features (fences, bell towers, gates) from across Canada and into the United States: Ladywood, MB; Cook's Creek, MB; Edmonton, AB; Rossdale, MB; Prince Albert, SK; Saskatoon, SK; West Easton, PA; Dauphin, MB; Kenora, ON; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; St. Catharine, ON; Winnipeg, MB.
Back: "Church page for March 30 30cms X 4" Front: "New St. Mary’s Church Mountain Rd., Man." Architect Victor Deneka designed the new St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church after Father Ruh’s church was struck by lightning and was burned to the ground in 1966.
The concrete footings and bell tower bear silence witness, with the unscathed fir trees, to the rubble that once was St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Built entirely of wood within eleven months, between 1924-1925, the church was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
An unidentified witness of the ruin and rubble of St. Mary’s Catholic Church which was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The bell tower, in the centre of the photo, survived the rapid flames.
An unidentified man stands on the concrete steps, pondering the rubble, surrounded by the unscathed fir trees which survived the rapid blaze when St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.