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Sainte-Famille Academy

399 du Couvent Street, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick, E1X, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/07/14

Sainte-Famille Academy - historic image; Centre d'études acadiennes - PA2-890
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Sainte-Famille Academy - current view; Province of New Brunswick - image 562
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Construction Date(s)

1910/01/01 to 1912/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/12/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Sainte-Famille Academy, built by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, is a four-storey wooden Colonial-style building located at 399 du Couvent Street in Tracadie-Sheila.

Heritage Value

Sainte-Famille Academy is designated a Provincial Historic Site for the work of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph and for its architecture.

Sainte-Famille Academy is valued for its relation to the important work of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in the field of education in New Brunswick. The Religious Hospitallers were the first French-speaking religious community of women to open a free school in New Brunswick, the Sainte-Famille Academy. This centre of education and training also promoted culture and arts on the Acadian Peninsula.

Sainte-Famille Academy is also recognized for its architecture and its designers. It was erected between 1910 and 1912 by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph under the direction of Mgr. Thomas F. Barry. Sister Marie-Anne Doucet, with the assistance of Sister Isabelle Sormany, drew up the plans for this large Colonial wooden building. It is a good example of the Colonial style, as expressed by its overall symmetry, hipped roof and rectangular fenestration.

Source: Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, Heritage Branch, Site File:Vol.Ix-126

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Saint-Famille Academy include the elements relating to the site as a whole, as well as those relating to the building.

The character-defining elements of the site as a whole include:
- location in the centre of the town, near the sites of the old Hôtel-Dieu hospital and the former lazaretto;
- location near the nuns’ cemetery, the lepers’ cemetery, and the Tracadie cemetery;
- its prominence within the municipality’s cultural landscape.

The character-defining elements that describe the architecture of this building include:
- overall symmetry of massing, which consists of a four-storey wooden structure built in the shape of a cross;
- regular rectangular fenestration;
- medium-pitched hipped roof, surmounted by a bell turret in the middle;
- gable dormer on the front of the roof;
- front entrance topped by a portico;
- bell bearing the inscription “Stockholm 1802”;
- integrity of the interior with its original design, partitions, woodwork, and staircases.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Province of New Brunswick

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites Protection Act, s. 2(2)

Recognition Type

Historic Sites Protection Act – Protected

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts
Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Civic Space


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Institution
Primary or Secondary School

Architect / Designer

Isabelle Sormany



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, Heritage Branch, Site File: Vol.Ix-126

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