Journal Le Madawaska Building
20 St-François Street, Edmundston, New Brunswick, E3V, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located in downtown Edmundston at the intersection of St-François and Ferry streets and constructed circa 1910, the Journal Le Madawaska Building, after undergoing exterior and interior renovations, is now a commercial-type building with a contemporary look. The two horizontal bands of sheet metal that encircle the building on each floor give it a certain cachet reflecting the Modern International style and reflect the position of the orginal cornices.
The Journal Le Madawaska Building is designated a Local Historic Place for its current and past functions of regional significance.
Founded in 1913 by Albert Sormany and Maximilien Cormier, the Journal Le Madawaska is now the oldest Francophone weekly newspaper outside of Quebec. It has provided a voice and identity for Francophones from this region for the past 93 years. Dr. Albert M. Sormany was an important figure in the region for several reasons, including his 50 years of medical practice and his involvement in Edmundston’s municipal life. It was Maximilien D. Cormier who came up with the idea of starting up the Journal Le Madawaska. A lawyer by profession, he was mayor of the city of Edmundston for nine years and was then elected MP in 1930 and named Queen’s Counsel in 1932.
The heritage value of this building also stems from having been home to the business of J. Clark & Son prior to being sold. This business was one of the first Chevrolet dealears in Canada.
Source: Centre de documentation et d'études madawaskayennes, Site File "Journal Le Madawaska"
The character-defining elements that describe the Journal Le Madawaska Building include:
- large glassed storefront;
- rectangular two-storey massing;
- flat roof;
- horizontal bands of sheet metal encircling the building, reflecting the original cornice locations.
Local Governments (NB)
Local Historic Places Program
Municipal Register of Local Historic Places
1913/01/01 to 1913/01/01
1937/01/01 to 1937/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Communications and Transportation
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
- Communications Facility
Architect / Designer
M. Gaspard Boucher
Location of Supporting Documentation
Centre de documentation et d'études madawaskayennes, Site File "Journal Le Madawaska"
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