Church of Notre Dame in Montreal: An Architectural History

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 1, 1991 - Architecture - 124 pages
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The construction of the Church of Notre-Dame was one of the boldest building projects of the nineteenth century. The first major example of Gothic Revival architecture in Canada, it was, at the time of its completion, the largest building in North America. Franklin Toker treats the church not only as a work of art but also as a historical document that reflected the social and nationalist aspirations of the community and marked a high point in the fascinating career of its architect, James O'Donnell.
 

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Contents

NotreDame de Montréal
1
NotreDame and SaintSulpice
5
Rebuilding NotreDame
15
James ODonnell
23
The Design of NotreDame
29
Construction and Decoration
43
Critical Appraisal
53
Victor Bourgeau and NotreDame
65
PLATES
1
APPENDIX A Letter from James ODonnell to FrançoisAntoine LaRocque
83
APPENDIX B Contract between the Wardens of NotreDame and James ODonnell
87
APPENDIX C Art in NotreDame
91
APPENDIX D Early Iconography of NotreDame
95
NOTES
97
BIBLIOGRAPHY
115
INDEX
121

NotreDame as a FrenchCanadian Church
73

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Franklin Toker is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of a number of books, including Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait, Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House, and Buildings of Pittsburgh.

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