Highfield Street United Baptist Church is located at corner St George Street and Highfield Street in Moncton. It consists of an orange brick English Gothic and Greek designed church with contrasting off-white quoins and trims with a prominent square bell tower.
Highfield Street United Baptist Church is designated a Local Historic Place for its unique blend of English Gothic and Greek architectural designs. It is also recognized for being one of Moncton’s oldest religious organizations.
The church was designed by architect Leslie G. Fairn of Aylesford, Nova Scotia. It was built by Rhodes and Curry Company of Amherst, N. S between 1922 and 1923. In 1953, the Youth Centre was added to the north side of the building. The accurate reproduction of detail by Modern Construction Company created a seamless integration with the existing structure.
The use of orange brick, contrasting light-coloured quoins and trim and a prominent bell tower insured its place as an irreplaceable feature of St. George Street’s streetscape. The use of Gothic tracery, gabled pediments and parapets contrast the smooth contours of Roman arch openings and also help to break up the brick wall construction. The coffer paneled education room on the south side can be opened to expand the seating capacity and to allow extra natural light in through its clearstory windows.
Highfield Street United Baptist Church is also designated for its association with one of Moncton’s oldest religious organizations. In 1877, a congregation of 21 members formed the nucleus of what would become the Moncton Christian Free and Baptist Church later called the West End United Baptist Church. Their first church, after humble beginnings at the Free Meeting House and the Temperance Hall, was built on this site in 1878. By 1922, the congregation had outgrown its facilities, so the original church was razed to make way for the current structure. Rev. Dr. E. W. Patterson, president of Acadia University, dedicated the new church in 1923.