Fabrique de la Paroisse de Notre-Dame de Montréal fonds

Fabrique de la Paroisse de Notre-Dame de Montréal fonds

Part of


  • Fabrique de Notre Dame (creator)
  • Fabrique de Notre Dame (archive creator)


Fabrique de la Paroisse de Notre-Dame de Montréal fonds

Dates of creation

circa 1823 - 1981


  • archives

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 445 drawings including 78 reprographic copies
  • 1 ephemera
  • 0.02 l.m. of textual records textual records
  • 1 map

Scope and Content

Fonds documents the architectural and technical drawings from the Fabrique de Notre-Dame de Montréal relating primarily to the initial construction and subsequent additions and renovations of Notre-Dame de Montréal. The majority of the drawings were executed by the architect of Notre-Dame, James O'Donnell, although also represented are Alfred Préfontaine, Bourgeau et Leprohon, François-Xavier Berlinguet, Napoléon Bourassa, Patrick Charles Keely, Henri Bouriché, Ozias Leduc, Eugène Saint-Jean, Pellisier & McCrudden, Paul M. Lemieux, Perrault et Mesnard, Théophile Fahrland, Bouthillette Parizeau et associés, Gascon Vigneault Dumais & Associés, and unknown architects.

Additionally, the fonds includes drawings relating to St. Patrick's Church, four cemeteries, the Orphelinat Catholique, and a residence at 1098 Rue St-Denis, all in Montréal, Québec, by Perrault, Saint-Jean, Bourgeau et Leprohon and Pierre-Louis Morin.

Material in the fonds was produced between 1823 and 1981. Fonds contains 5 series: Notre-Dame de Montréal; St. Patrick's Church; Cemeteries; Orphelinat Catholique; Propriete 1098 Rue St-Denis.

Reference Number



The material in this fonds is arranged into five series, each containing records related to a different architectural project and/or building:

AP099.S1: Notre-Dame de Montréal

AP099.S2: St. Patrick's Church

AP099.S3: Cemeteries

AP099.S4: Orphelinat Catholique

AP099.S5: Propriete 1098 Rue St-Denis

Biographical notes

Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal commissioned Henri-Maurice Perrault to design the Nouveau Cimetière Catholique à la Côte Saint-Luc (Côte-Saint-Luc, Québec) (1854 ?) (Pinard, 1991, pp. 103-104) and the Cimetière Notre-Dame des Neiges (Montréal, Québec) (1854 ?) (Pinard, 1991, pp. 104-105). They commissioned Dr. Duval to design the Notre-Dame de Montréal Church organ (1885) (Maurault, 1997, pp. 80-82) and Perrault et Mesnard to design the Chapelle du Sacré-Coeur of Notre-Dame de Montréal Church (9 July 1888) (Maurault, 1997, p. 86).


Maurault, O. (1957). La paroisse: Histoire de l'église Notre-Dame de Montréal. Thérien et Frères.

Pinard, G. (1991). Montréal, son histoire, son architecture, vol. 4 Méridien.

Conditions governing access

  • Access by appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction

  • Contact the CCA for copyright information and permission to reproduce (reproductions@cca.qc.ca).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

  • The material in this fonds was deposited at the CCA by the Fabrique de la Paroisse de Notre-Dame de Montréal in 1996.

Custodial history

The documents were conserved by the churchwardens of the Fabrique, in the church, until they were deposited at the CCA in 1996.

Archivist's note

  • Following the deposit of the documents at the CCA in 1996, 367 of drawings were catalogued at the item level by Julia Bourianova. In 2008, the drawings were organized by subject (Notre-Dame de Montréal; St. Patrick's Church; Cemeteries; Orphelinat Catholique; Propriete 1098 Rue St-Denis) by Alexis Lenk, creating the classification scheme available in this finding aid. It was at this time that the rest of the objects in the fonds were catalogued. As part of data cleanup related to AMS migration in 2023, Jillian Forsyth edited the online finding aid to ensure compliance with the most recent CCA standards.

Credit line

Fonds de la Fabrique Notre-Dame de Montréal, en dépôt au CCA/
Fonds de la Fabrique Notre-Dame de Montréal, on deposit at the CCA

Language of material


General note

  • Unless otherwise noted, the titles of series, sub-series, files and sub-files come from the archivist.

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