June 2017 - Montreal QC
Last week we attended a dance recital in Montreal and it was held in this amazing building.
I realized I had not taken a full photo of the new and old as I was so intrigued by the old.
This photo is from Wikimedia showing the old grafted onto the new.
Collège Gérald-Godin is a French-language public college located in Sainte-Geneviève, Montreal. It is the first and only French-language public college on the West Island of Montreal.
It is located on Gouin Boulevard overlooking the Rivière des Prairies. Its building, designed in 1932 by Lucien Parent, was formerly a novitiate of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
In 1999 the building was again transformed-this time into the French language college Gérald Godin.
The building was constructed in the style of the Lombard monasteries common to northern Italy during the middle ages (XIth century).
Consistent with this style,it features a square bell-tower on the north-east corner of the building which houses the clock from the ancient monastery. The west wing includes a remarkable 30-foot high sculpture of Christ on the cross, a work by Pierre-aimé Normandeau.
An ornamental doorway which once opened onto a chapel on the second floor today houses the school's library.
A cloister at its heart further enhances the building. Note the arches supported by columns which encircle the inner courtyard.This is where the novices once came to meditate.
These looked to be gorgeous stained glass windows.
Lucien Parent, born Pierre Ovide Lucien Parent on April 29, 1893, was a prolific architect, designer, illustrator, and watercolorist. He and his wife Florence Courteau had a family of nine children. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Church Buildings, Lucien Parent designed
Basilique Saint Joseph's Oratory at Montreal begin 1924 with Dom Paul Bellot and Ernest Cormier
Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul at Montreal,complete rebuilding, modifications and moving of emplacement in 1931
Saint-Jean-Berchmans Church, at Montreal in 1938 with René-Rodolphe Tourville
Notre Dame du Très Saint Sacrement church, at Ferme-Neuve in 1939 with René-Rodolphe Tourville
Notre Dame de Lourde church, at Notre-Dame-de-Pontmain in 1940
Saint Antoine church, at Saint-Antoine in 1945
Saint Hugues church, at Lac-Saguay in 1947
Très Saint Sacrement church, at Lachine in 1950
Sainte-Adèle church, at the request of its good friend, Claude-Henri Grignon, author of the novel Séraphin: Heart of Stone in (1951).
Saint Raphael church, at La Malbaie in 1951
It is named after poet and separatist politician Gérald Godin.