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Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation Church

1021 Principale Street, Memramcook, New Brunswick, E4K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/06/19

Photo taken from the opposite side of the Petitcodiac River showing the placement of the church facing the river; La Société historique de la Valleé de Memramcook
Distant view of the church
Northwest view of the church; Gérard LeBlanc
Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation Church
Aerial view of Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation Church with the presbytery in the foreground and the Club d'âge d'or toward the back.; La Société historique de la Valleé de Memramcook et le Village de Memramcook
Aerial photo of the church

Other Name(s)

Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation Church
Pré-d'en-Haut Church
Église de Pré-d'en-Haut

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Construction Date(s)

1934/01/01 to 1935/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/09/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Facing west on the east bank of the Petitcodiac River, Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation Church is a wooden church of eclectic style. Built in 1934, it is located on Principale Street in Memramcook.

Heritage Value

Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation Church is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with the Saint-Thomas de Memramcook parish, the first parish in south-eastern New Brunswick, and for its architecture.

In 1934, in order to alleviate overcrowding at Saint-Thomas Church, Msgr. Édouard LeBlanc approved the construction of this church to serve the residents of Pré-d’en-Haut in Saint-Thomas parish. Simple in style, most likely because of the economic crisis at the time, the church was built by Édouard (Eddy) Belliveau, a native of the region. The interior walls of the church were finished only in pressed cardboard. The pews were removed from Saint-Thomas Church and installed in the new building. Construction ended in 1935, at which time the first mass was celebrated. For five years, the Pré-d'en-Haut church was used as the third mission church of Saint-Thomas parish.

In 1940, the Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation parish was established, and its first resident priest, Father Azarias Massé, c.s.c., was appointed the following year.

Source: Village of Memramcook – Site File – Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation Church

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation Church include:
- location on a promontory overlooking the surrounding region, near the Petitcodiac River;
- bell tower, supporting the cross, surrounded by four pinnacles;
- two pinnacles at the corners of the front wall;
- round-arched windows with small panes;
- rose window of the bell tower;
- simple portals on the front wall and the two sides of the buildings;
- louvre boards at the bell tower’s four openings.



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)

1940/01/01 to 1940/01/01

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



Édouard (Eddy) Belliveau

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Village of Memramcook Municipal Building

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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