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Baillargé Family

Baillargé Family (or Baillairgé) Family. Dynasty of French-Canadian architects active in Quebec for two centuries. Jean (1726–1805) and François (1759–1830) were responsible for the first phases of the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Quebec (1768–1818), while Thomas (1791–1859) designed the severe front (1843). Thomas, as Diocesan Architect of Quebec, was also responsible for the elegant interior of the Church of St-François-de-Sales, Île d'Orléans (1835–44), and made alterations to the façade of the Church of Ste-Famille, Île d'Orléans (begun 1743), including the central clocher at the gable-peak of 1843. Among his other churches are Sainte-Croix de Lotbinière (1835) and Saint-François-Xavier (1835–49) at Saint-François-du-Lac, Sainte-Geneviève at Pierrefonds (1837–44), and Saint-Joseph at Lauzon (1830–2).

Charles-Philippe-Ferdinand (1826–1906), architect, civil engineer, and surveyor, was influenced by the publications of Minard Lafever, as demonstrated in his designs for the Greek Revival Music Hall, Quebec (1851–3). He designed many buildings, including the Church of Saint-Romuald, Quebec (1854–6), and the New Quebec Prison (1860–3). He had a fine architectural library and published many articles.

Bibliography

Baillairgé (1899, 1900, 1979);
Cameron (1989);
Kalman (1994);
Noppen et al . (1979)

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