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Étienne Gaboury

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Étienne Gaboury, CM OM born Étienne-Joseph Gaboury on April 24, 1930 in Swan Lake, Manitoba is a Canadian architect from Winnipeg, Manitoba


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Works
    • 21 Sculpture of Louis Riel
  • 3 Accomplishments
  • 4 Books
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Gaboury was born on April 24, 1930, in Swan Lake, Manitoba to French-Canadian parents Napoléon and Valentine Gaboury, who were farmers Gaboury was the youngest of 11 children

Gaboury, a distant relative of Louis Riel, studied architecture and Latin at the University of Manitoba He began his studies at the University of Manitoba in 1949 and graduated in 1953 with a BA in Latin philosophy He then graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1958 before studying at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1958-59


Gaboury is known for his regional prairie designs which incorporate elements of the physical, emotional and spiritual He has completed more than 300 projects around the world including the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and is considered one of the most important Canadian architects working today

Gaboury's Royal Canadian Mint Winnipeg

Notable projects by Gaboury include the Royal Canadian Mint building, the new Saint Boniface Cathedral and the Esplanade Riel, all in Winnipeg The tipi-style Precious Blood Church completed in 1968 in St Boniface, Manitoba, features eleven interior wood beams which form a smoke hole like skylight thirty meters above the altar Gaboury's work in Manitoba is not limited to Winnipeg, as he was the architect for the Helen Betty Osborne Ininew Education Resource Centre HBOIERC in Norway House, Manitoba

Sculpture of Louis Riel

"Tortured" Louis Riel statue at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface

Gaboury designed the wall that surrounds sculptor Marcien Lemay's depiction of Canadian Métis leader Louis Riel as a naked and tortured figure The statue was unveiled in 1970 and stood on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for 23 years The statue was later moved to the grounds of the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface


Gaboury received an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in 1987 In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada This was followed in 2012 by being made a member of the Order of Manitoba


  • Étienne Gaboury, Éditions du Blé, 2005


  1. ^ a b c d e Chaput, Lucien 2007 ""Étienne-Joseph Gaboury"" In Boyens, Ingeborg The Encyclopedia of Manitoba Great Plains Publications pp 261–262 ISBN 1894283716 
  2. ^ Pound, Richard W 2005 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates' Fitzhenry and Whiteside 
  3. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients" 
  4. ^ "Order of Canada appointments" 
  5. ^ "Order of Manitoba grows stronger" Winnipeg Free Press July 13, 2012 

External links

  • Archiseek biography
  • Canadian Encyclopedia entry
  • Historic Places in Canada

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