Loing Du Soleil: Architectural Practice in Quebec City During the French Regime

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P. Lang, 1997 - Architecture - 295 pages
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Loing du Soleil discusses the production of architecture in Quebec City from the 1680s to the 1730s, at a time when Canada was still a French colony. The author examines archival documents such as letters, contracts, account books, drawings, city views and maps in order to assess the contribution of builders and clients to the architectural designs of that period. Each chapter deals with the design process of a specific building or building type, and examines in detail such questions as the ambiguity of the architect's role, the client's preoccupation with prestige as well as his awareness of the city's image as portrayed in city views.

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About the author (1997)

The Author: Marc Grignon received his Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture at M.I.T. in 1991. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of History at Laval University in Quebec City. His book L'Art de l'Architecte: Three Centuries of Architectural Drawing in Quebec City, written in collaboration with Luc Noppen, examines drawings as clues to the understanding of the relations between architects, builders, and clients. He has also published several articles on Canadian architecture in scholarly journals.

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