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Saint-Arsène School



Achitecture

The l-shaped school is clearly the work of architect Ernest Cormier: a streamlined geometric style, the use of concrete and yellow-beige brick, the play of volumes in the façade, and the esthetic and functional quality of the building. The main entrances at either end of the school are decorated with moulded concrete medallions, and the ground floor is punctuated with arched windows (now bricked up). On the upper stories, there are five series of four large, symmetrically spaced windows on each floor. The floor added in 1931, also designed by Cormier, respects the architectural harmony of the building and was treated like a crown on the original cornice, giving it a more vertical arrangement with extended parapet walls. The back wall is covered with red brick with bands of artificial stone between the stories.

Inside, the central gymnasium on the ground floor, the separate entrances for boys and girls, and the classrooms on the upper floors respect the requirements of the day. Finally, Cormier favoured the refined use of quality materials: cherry wood, marble, and mosaic floors.

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View of an entrance and a ornamental detail on the main front, Saint-Arsène school, Montreal, Quebec
S.J. Hayward
1923 or later
18.4 cm x 24 cm
© Fonds Ernest Cormier / Canadian Centre for Architecture, © Héritage Montréal

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Saint-Arsène School, Montreal, Quebec: Partial front elevation and one entrance
1922-1923
35.5 cm x 22.4 cm
© Fonds Ernest Cormier / Canadian Centre for Architecture, © Héritage Montréal

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Saint-Arsène School, Montreal, Quebec: Front elevation
Ernest Cormier
1922-1923
76.6 cm x 35.1 cm
© Fonds Ernest Cormier / Canadian Centre for Architecture, © Héritage Montréal

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Saint-Arsène School, Montreal, Quebec: Front elevation
Ernest Cormier
1922-1923
31.8 cm x 32.7 cm
© Fonds Ernest Cormier / Canadian Centre for Architecture, © Héritage Montréal

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Ernest Cormier
1922-1923
42.4 cm x 32.9 cm
© Fonds Ernest Cormier / Canadian Centre for Architecture, © Héritage Montréal

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Saint-Arsène School, Montreal, Quebec: Plan of the second and third floors
Ernest Cormier
1922-1923
74.2 cm x 37.2 cm
© Fonds Ernest Cormier / Canadian Centre for Architecture, © Héritage Montréal

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Saint-Arsène School
Christine Boucher

© Commission scolaire de Montréal, © Université de Montréal, © Héritage Montréal