12 MANITOBA CHURCHES
St. Wolodimer (Vladimir) Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church, Oakburn, MB
This Greek Orthodox Church was built at the same time – 1947-48 – as the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Oakburn. Not to be outdone St Vlad’s has five octagonal onion domes or banyas painted in bright silver that shine like beacons in the sun.
The floor plan is cruciform with a chancel at the rear, this one topped with its own onion dome on a short cupola. Windows have arched tops, even the painted-on ones on the dome drums.
Designer and builder of this well-adorned church “in the Greek Byzantine style”, says local history book Ripples on the Lake, was John Mnoholitny who oversaw 35 volunteer workers.
The entry porch has some nice carved edgework and a bull’s eye window above it. There is a separate bell tower on the property.