French architectures found in Canada

Mary Anne Lonergan August 15, 2019

Evaluating French architecture's influence in Canada

French architectures found in Canada

Areas that were once under the French colonial regime naturally tend to display an influence of French architectures in their buildings – be it the houses of the locals or the churches and other structures. People often wonder on noticing French-Canadian architecture in Canada but if they had known that Canada was once a French colony within New France, they wouldn’t have been so surprised.

French architecture's influence in Canada as visible in Quebec

Since Quebec was once the capital of New France, one will find a fair amount of French influence in the architecture of this city. No wonder why it’s often called the nation’s most French city. One can notice a huge evidence of French influenced architectures in the city’s numerous religious orders such as the schools and convents. For example L'aiel de la Procure, which was constructed between 1678 and 1681 for Quebec’s seminary priests, displays the great level to which French architectures influenced it. Be it the pavilion at the far end, the roughcast walls, or the bell turret whose height surpasses that of the building – all of them are extremely typical French architectural features.

Château Frontenac in historic Old Québec, which is a château-style hotel that’s believed to be the most photographed hotel in the world, is another excellent example of French architectures’ influence on the city’s buildings. It was designed by Bruce Price – a New York-based architect, by taking inspiration from French castles. Château Frontenac, which was declared a National Historic Site in 1981, can be considered an outstanding example of the grand hotels that Canadian railway companies developed in the late 1800s.



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EASY VOYAGE. “Places that have been influenced by French architecture.” March 31, 2018.


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