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St. Vincent de Paul Society Building

146 Waterloo Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/08/18

Front façade facing Waterloo Street; City of Saint John, 2008
St. Vincent de Paul Society Building
Gable parapet with name and date of the building; City of Saint John, 2008
St. Vincent de Paul Society Building
Detail of ornamental woodwork; City of Saint John, 2008
St. Vincent de Paul Society Building

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/11/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The St. Vincent De Paul Society Building is a two-storey, wood, Queen Anne Revival building located on Waterloo Street in Saint John.

Heritage Value

The St. Vincent De Paul Society Building is designated a Local Historic Place for its use as the headquarters of the benevolent St. Vincent De Paul Society for over 100 years.

The society was founded in 1833 by Frederick Ozanam, a 20 year old student in Paris who was inspired by the 17th century French saint, Vincent De Paul. The society was established in Saint John in this building in 1905 and has continued to serve the poor, underprivileged, and needy in the central Saint John area at this location for over 100 years. A 1967 report stated that the society aided between 300 and 400 families annually and handed out 9,000 articles of used clothing and supplied 65 dinners at Christmas. Members of the society collect the clothing through donations, sort them and distribute them. In 1967, this local family service society received corporate status.

The St. Vincent De Paul Society Building also has architectural value as an example of the Queen Anne Revival style employed on the flat front façade of a row house on a street of closely-placed buildings in Saint John. The four-ranked, symmetrical façade is enhanced with Queen Anne Revival decorative elements executed in woodwork including a false gable, arched windows, cornices and varied cladding.

Source: Planning and Development Department – City of Saint John

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of this wooden Queen Anne Revival building include:
- ornamental gable parapet with building name and 1905 date;
- hood mouldings on pointed arch window transoms;
- four openings on each storey: paired central windows flanked by single windows on the second storey and by doors on the first storey;
- moulded wooden cornice with roundels at each storey;
- decorative use of clapboard alternating with pointed fish scale shingles;
- dual elevated entrances with wide, plain frames and large arched transom lights.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1833/01/01 to 1833/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

Function - Category and Type



Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Institution

Architect / Designer



Andrew Myles

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John

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