Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

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Saint-Claude Roman Catholic Church and Rectory

Address:84 Provincial Road 240S,Saint-Claude,Manitoba
Architects:Etienne Gaboury

More Information

Saint-Claude Roman Catholic Church (in French L’église Catholique de Saint-Claude) was the first church in Canada to be designed, following the principles of the Ecumenical Council (Vatican II). The church plan is developed around the traditional atrium which is formed by linking the rectory to the church and placing the winter chapel at the extremity of the church and rectory, thereby joining the two buildings by a common function.The entrance is on the axis of the atrium and is focused on the bapistry.

Source: Canadian Architect March 1968

Design Characteristics

  • Construction of the church is of masonry load-bearing walls.
  • Exterior brick is split-faced concrete and interior walls are unpainted, exposed concrete block.The roof is spanned with long span steel joists, and the ceiling is suspended textured plastic.

Sources

  • Canadian Architect 13 3 (March 1968) 41-42.