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Étienne-Joseph “Steve” Gaboury

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Born on a farm near Bruxelles on 24 April 1930, youngest of thirteen children born to farmers Napoléon Gaboury (1887-1947) and Valentine Lafreniere (1892-1957), he studied at the University of Manitoba, graduating with degrees in Latin (1953) and Architecture (1958). He then studied at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts at Paris (1958-1959) after which he practiced in Winnipeg in the early 1960s with the firm of Libling Michener and Associates, and later with E. J. Gaboury and Associates. He founded Gaboury Associates Architects in 1976, later known as Gaboury Préfontaine Perry Architects. In recognition of his work and service, he was inducted into the Order of Canada (2010) and Order of Manitoba (2012), and he received the Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1987) and he received awards from Heritage Canada, Heritage Winnipeg, and Manitoba Association of Architects. On 1 September 1956, he married Claire Breton and they had a daughter and three sons.

Some of his early architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Mariapolis Collegiate

Mariapolis, Municipality of Lorne

1962

 

Notre Dame Collegiate

Notre Dame de Lourdes, Municipality of Lorne

1962

 

St. Claude Collegiate

St. Claude, RM of Grey

1962

 

Somerset Collegiate

Somerset, Municipality of Lorne

1962

 

St. Boniface Clinic

343 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg

1963

 

General Vanier School (expansion)

18 Lomond Boulevard, Winnipeg

1964

 

St. Boniface Civic Complex

227 Provencher Avenue, Winnipeg

1964

 

St. Claude Roman Catholic Church

St. Claude, RM of Grey

1964-1965

 

Ecole Tache (expansion)

744 Langevin Street, Winnipeg

1965

 

Beliveau School (expansion)

296 Speers Road, Winnipeg

1965

 

Holy Family Roman Catholic Church

778 Archibald Street, Winnipeg

1965

 

St. Norbert Collegiate

870 Ste. Thérèse Avenue, Winnipeg

1965

 

St. George School (expansion)

151 St. George Road, Winnipeg

1966

 

St. Boniface Cathedral

190 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg

1972

 

Louis Riel Statue

200 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg

1973

 

Sources:

Obituary [Aurelie Gaboury], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1943, page 2.

“Tenders invited,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 August 1961, page 14.

“Police station okayed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 1962, page 3.

“U of M confers six honorary degrees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1987, page 22.

Hills of Home: Treasured Memories of Bruxelles by Bruxelles History Book Committee, 1992, pages 271-273.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Susan Algie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2019

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