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Memorable Manitobans: Étienne-Joseph “Steve” Gaboury (1930-2022)

Architect.

Born at Bruxelles on 24 April 1930, youngest of thirteen children born to Napoléon Gaboury (1887-1947) and Valentine Lafreniere (1892-1957), he grew up on the family farm near Swan Lake. In 1949, he began studies in Lat Philosophy at the Collège de Saint-Boniface, graduating in 1953. He studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba (1958) then at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts at Paris (1958-1959). He practiced architecture in Winnipeg with the firm of Libling Michener and Associates and later with Gaboury, Lussier and Sigurdson Architects. In 1976 he founded Gaboury Associates Architects, later known as Gaboury Préfontaine Perry Architects. He completed more than 300 projects around the world but was especially well known for his regional prairie designs that incorporated physical, emotional, and spiritual elements.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Church of the Canadian Holy Martyrs

289 Dussault Avenue, Winnipeg

1962

 

Mariapolis Collegiate

Mariapolis, Municipality of Lorne

1962

 

Notre Dame de Lourdes Collegiate

Notre Dame Avenue, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Municipality of Lorne

1962

 

St. Claude Collegiate

St. Claude, RM of Grey

1962

 

Somerset Collegiate

Third Street, Somerset, Municipality of Lorne

1962

 

St. Boniface Clinic

343 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg

1963

 

General Vanier School (expansion)

18 Lomond Boulevard, Winnipeg

1964

 

St. Boniface Civic Complex

227 Provencher Avenue, Winnipeg

1964

 

St. Claude Roman Catholic Church

St. Claude, RM of Grey

1964-1965

 

Ecole Tache (expansion)

744 Langevin Street, Winnipeg

1965

 

Beliveau School (expansion)

296 Speers Road, Winnipeg

1965

 

Holy Family Roman Catholic Church

778 Archibald Street, Winnipeg

1965

 

St. Norbert Collegiate

870 Ste. Thérèse Avenue, Winnipeg

1965

 

St. George School (expansion)

151 St. George Road, Winnipeg

1966

 

Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church

710 Roanoke Street, Winnipeg

1966

 

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

200 Kenny Street, Winnipeg

1967

 

Trinity Lutheran Church

43 River Avenue, Starbuck

1967

 

Margaret Barbour Collegiate

429 Smith Street, The Pas

1968

 

Gilbert Plains School

Gilbert Plains

1969

 

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service No. 15 Station

1083 Autumnwood Drive, Winnipeg

1969

 

St. Boniface Cathedral

190 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg

1972

 

Foyer Chez-Nous

187 Avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg

1973

 

Louis Riel Statue

200 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg

1973

 

Royal Canadian Mint

520 Lagimodière Boulevard, Winnipeg

1975

 

Churchill Town Centre

180 La Verendrye Avenue, Churchill

1976

 

Drake Centre (University of Manitoba)

181 Freedman Crescent, Winnipeg

1987

 

Central United Church

321 Eighth Street, Brandon

1989

 

Esplanade Riel

Provencher Boulevard, Winnipeg

2003-2004

 

Helen Betty Osborne Ininew Education Resource Centre

Norway House

?

 

Ecole Roland Lauzé School

Nelson House

?

 

PsychHealth Centre

Winnipeg

?

 

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

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

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 14 October 2022. A collection of his work documents and correspondence is held by La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

Sources:

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.

“Call for courthouse tenders authorized by St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1963, page 4.

“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.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 2022.

We thank Susan Algie and Michel Lagace for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2022

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