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2. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church
LAMONT 50 Avenue and 48 Street


Like the Ukrainian churches of most east-central Alberta towns and villages, the domes of St. John Church dominate the Lamont skyline. Built in 1947, the structure represents one of the last attempts in the settlement area to build a cruciform (i.e., five-part cross-shaped), as opposed to the more architecturally sophisticated, nine-part church. Although the parish was founded in 1937, this is the second church on the site. The first was a converted one-room schoolhouse that was purchased from the Deep Creek School District for $150 in 1941 and moved to the site.

One of the more interesting features of the current structure is the twin-tower configuration on the facade, indicating a French Canadian architectural influence. Typical for a Ukrainian Canadian church, the windows are round-headed and it is capped by onion domes. The cupolas over the twin towers and on top of the main dome have false windows on each side of their octagonal bases, which were painted in the same pattern as the structure's real windows. This is a design feature used regularly on the Ukrainian churches in the area that were being either built or renovated in the 1940s and 1930s.

A modern steel belltower stands immediately south of the church.