Saint Ambrose Anglican Church sits on a quiet
residential street in the town of Redcliff, Alberta.
It was built in 1914 in the Gothic Revival style and is
constructed of clinker bricks. It is still a well
maintained, functioning church and is a
Provincial Historic Resource.
About clinker bricks: Uneven heat created inside
bee-hive style kilns caused many of the bricks closest
to the fire to darken in colour and distort in shape.
These bricks became known as clinkers; the name
derived from the metallic sound created when
one brick is struck against another.
These bricks were initially considered undesirable for
construction but by the early twentieth century the
more creative architects and designers came to
recognize their distinctiveness, charm and warm colour
variants. The bricks for Saint Ambrose were supplied
by the now long defunct Redcliff Brick and Coal
Company, one of the largest brick producers
in the area at the time.
The next to last photograph shows a closer view of the
unevenness, colouring and texture of the clinkers.
Photographed on March 18, 2017.