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Grande Allée Drill Hall

805 Laurier Avenue East, Québec, Quebec, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1987/07/28

General view of the Grande Allée Drill Hall, 1986.; Parks Canada Agency / Agecne Parcs Canada, Louis Richer, 1986.
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Other Name(s)

Grande Allée Drill Hall
Manège de la Grande Allée

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Construction Date(s)

1887/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/08/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Situated along on the historic Plains of Abraham facing Place Georges V, the Manège de la Grand Allée is a huge building designed in a romantic Chateau style. The exterior elevations are marked by a strongly detailed stone base, a symmetrical arrangement of turrets and buttresses, elaborate gable pediments, and steeply pitched roofs decorated with ventilators and ridge cresting. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Grande Allée Drill Hall has been designated a Classified heritage building because of its historical associations with the development of the military in Canada, and in particular the role of Voltigeurs de Québec, the Royal Rifles, the 10e Escadron du Genie du Canada, and the 58th Battalion of the 6th Field Regiment. The building was also an early and significant example of the chateau style, which became increasingly important in the evolution of Quebec as a symbol of French history and culture in North America. Its impressive chateauesque architecture was atypical of large drill halls constructed across Canada after Confederation.

Well constructed and maintained, it continues to play an important role in establishing the character of the area. It is one of the few drill halls in Canada to retain its central parade ground, a feature which further enhances its landmark status.

Sources:
Sally Coutts, Grande Allée Drill Hall National Historic Site of Canada, Quebec City, Quebec. Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 86-072; Grande Allée Drill Hall National Historic Site of Canada, Quebec City, Quebec, Heritage Character Statement, 86-072.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage character of this property is defined in part by:

-the richness of its exterior elevations, which are marked by a strongly detailed stone base, with asymmetrical arrangement of turrets, buttresses, and elaborate gable pediments, and by steeply pitched roofs, with decorative ventilators and ridge cresting;
-the interior layout and finishes, which reflect the drill hall function for which the building was designed;
-the parade ground, Place Georges V, which is one of the few that survive in Canada in a drill hall context.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Classified Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1987/07/28

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Defence
Armoury or Drill Hall

Architect / Designer

Eugene Etienne Taché

Builder

n/a

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

2867

Status

Published

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