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Étienne-Joseph “Steve” Gaboury


Born on a farm near Bruxelles on 24 April 1930, youngest of thirteen children born to farmers Napoléon Gaboury (1887-1947) and Valentine Lafreniere (1892-1957), he studied at the University of Manitoba, graduating with degrees in Latin (1953) and Architecture (1958). He then studied at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts at Paris (1958-1959) after which he practiced architecture in Winnipeg with the firm of Libling Michener and Associates, and later with Gaboury, Lussier and Sigurdson Architects. He founded Gaboury Associates Architects in 1976, later known as Gaboury Préfontaine Perry Architects.

In recognition of his work and service, he was inducted into the Order of Canada (2010) and Order of Manitoba (2012), and he received the Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970), Le Prix Riel (2000), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1987) and he received awards from Heritage Canada, Heritage Winnipeg, and Manitoba Association of Architects. In 1970, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

On 1 September 1956, he married Claire Breton and they had a daughter and three sons.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Mariapolis Collegiate

Mariapolis, Municipality of Lorne



Notre Dame Collegiate

Notre Dame de Lourdes, Municipality of Lorne



St. Claude Collegiate

St. Claude, RM of Grey



Somerset Collegiate

Somerset, Municipality of Lorne



St. Boniface Clinic

343 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg



General Vanier School (expansion)

18 Lomond Boulevard, Winnipeg



St. Boniface Civic Complex

227 Provencher Avenue, Winnipeg



St. Claude Roman Catholic Church

St. Claude, RM of Grey



Ecole Tache (expansion)

744 Langevin Street, Winnipeg



Beliveau School (expansion)

296 Speers Road, Winnipeg



Holy Family Roman Catholic Church

778 Archibald Street, Winnipeg



St. Norbert Collegiate

870 Ste. Thérèse Avenue, Winnipeg



St. George School (expansion)

151 St. George Road, Winnipeg



Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church

710 Roanoke Street, Winnipeg



l’Église de Précieux Sang / Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church

200 Kenny Street, Winnipeg



St. Boniface Cathedral

190 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg



Louis Riel Statue

200 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg



Drake Centre

University of Manitoba




Obituary [Aurelie Gaboury], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1943, page 2.

“Tenders invited,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 August 1961, page 14.

“Police station okayed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 1962, page 3.

“Gaboury gets fellowship,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1970.

“U of M confers six honorary degrees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1987, page 22.

Hills of Home: Treasured Memories of Bruxelles by Bruxelles History Book Committee, 1992, pages 271-273.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Susan Algie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2022

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