2200 Centrale Street, Saint-Hilaire, New Brunswick, E3V, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located on Centrale Street in the Village of Saint-Hilaire, on the banks of the Saint John River between the school and the church, the Saint-Hilaire Presbytery is made of brick and has an aluminum roof. It is a two-storey late Queen Anne Revival building with a tower and a large wrap-around veranda.
Built in 1930, the Saint-Hilaire Presbytery is designated a local historic place for its association with Maxime Albert, its importance in the community, and its architecture.
The land was donated by Maxime Albert, a local bootlegging baron during Prohibition. Mr. Albert was an important person in the village, having been a prosperous businessman, mainly through liquor smuggling. He generously conveyed the land to build the rectory. Its location between the school and the church established a very important institutional core in the village.
Made of red brick like the two buildings around it, a concern for solidity and prestige is visible in these buildings. The rectory is a good example of late Queen Anne Revival residential brick architecture. The style is evident in such elements as the tower, the asymmetrical massing, and the hipped roof.
Source: Madawaska Planning Commission – Register of Historic Places, File 1.4 "Presbytère de Saint-Hilaire"
The character-defining elements associated with the Saint-Hilaire Presbytery include:
- two-storey asymmetrical massing;
- rear wing;
- the pediment on the second storey of the front facade;
- aluminum hipped roof;
- corner tower with a “witch's hat” style roof;
- exterior brick walls;
- open wrap-around veranda;
- regular fenestration of rectangular windows;
- its location on the site donated by Maxime Albert.
Local Governments (NB)
Local Historic Places Program
Municipal Register of Local Historic Places
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Madawaska Planning Commission, Register of Historic Places, File 1.4
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