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Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office National Historic Site of Canada

1905 Girouard Street West, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, J2S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/06/18

Corner view of the Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office, showing the imposing corner tower with a pyramidal roof, 1982.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1982.
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Other Name(s)

Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office National Historic Site of Canada
Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office
Bureau de poste de Saint-Hyacinthe

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Construction Date(s)

1889/01/01 to 1894/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/06/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office National Historic Site of Canada is set on a sloping site in the downtown commercial heart of the community of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Completed in 1894, it is an attractive two-and-a-half-storey building finished in rough-faced stone with a symmetrical principal elevation and an imposing offset corner tower. Its vigorous design incorporates Italianate detailing and is valued as a good example of the work of federal architect Thomas Fuller. Official recognition refers to the building on its legal lot.

Heritage Value

Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1986 because:
- this post office by Thomas Fuller is representative of its type;
- of the architectural qualities of the post office;
- of the manner in which it harmonizes with its environment.

The Saint-Hyacinthe Post Office, built between 1889 and 1894 to house the post office, customs, and other government services, was designed to serve as a prominent landmark and to identify the federal presence in the town. The post office was part of a large-scale program of government construction in small communities and towns across Canada.
Of solid appearance, it was constructed under the direction of Thomas Fuller, who served as Chief Architect of the Department of Public Works from 1881 to 1896. The design, consisting of a corner tower, double entrance, ornamented gable, and the rugged texture of the limestone walls were typical of Fuller-designed post offices and show the high quality of design he brought to federal architecture.

Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, June 1983.

Character-Defining Elements

The key elements that contribute to the heritage character of this site include:
- the central location within the town of Saint-Hyacinthe amongst compatible structures;
- the prominent setting on a sloped corner lot;
- the varied massing that consists of a two-and-a-half-storey main block with a hipped roof and an imposing corner tower with a pyramidal roof;
- the rough-dressed limestone exterior walls with contrasting window and door surrounds;
- the symmetrical principal elevation of the main block and the ornamented, stepped gable;
- the original placement, design and materials of openings including the Romanesque Revival style windows with semi-circular voussoirs;
- the two main entrances, one at the base of the tower, and the second sheltered by a projecting pedimented porch entry at the opposite side of the principal elevation.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Post Office

Architect / Designer

Thomas Fuller



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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