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Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil church

2151, Fullum Street, Montréal

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Published on : May 10 2021

Last modified on : May 10 2021

Construction of the Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil church began in 1913 according to plans by Aristide Beaugrand-Champagne. However, work was suspended from 1914 to 1919 due to the First World War. They resumed from 1919 to 1922 under the direction of Joseph-Henri Caron. Work continued in the following years: for example, the high altar was installed and the interior decorations were completed in 1923. The stained glass windows were installed in 1926.

In 2003, with the removal by the Diocese of Montreal of the neighboring parishes of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul and Saint-Anselme, the church became the place of conservation of the registers of these parishes. From 2009, for economic and security reasons, worship is celebrated in the basement of the church.

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Église Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil

Source: Musique Orgue Québec

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Église Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil

Source: Musique Orgue Québec

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Extérieur de l’Église Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil

Source: Google Street View, juin 2019

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According to the statement of heritage interest (in French) issued in October 2012 by the Division de l’expertise en patrimoine et de la toponymie of the City of Montréal, “the heritage interest of the site of the Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil church is based primarily on its urban landscape value due to the strong presence of the church, its visibility and monumentality, the site’s contribution to the institutional core and its positive contribution to the sector.

The site also has artistic value due to the quality of the monumental architectural composition of the church, its important ornamentation and its materials, the quality of its interior spaces and the architectural quality of the presbytery.

The site has symbolic and social value because of the community’s attachment to it and the memories attached to this place, the spiritual significance associated with the church and the spirit of the place, and the importance of the church at the heart of the religious and social activity of the district. Finally, its heritage interest is also based on its historical value since it is closely associated with the history of the district.”

However, the church has been abandoned for many years; it is threatened by vandalism and its structure is deteriorating quickly, which could lead to demolition. In 2019, a major fire, which required dozens of firefighters, destroyed the church floor and severely damaged the artwork inside.

  • Municipality or borough

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    Ville-Marie borough

  • Issues

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    Mechanisms for protection

  • Owner(s)

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    Private: religious organization

  • Threat(s)

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    Vacant

    No upkeep

    Lack of knowledge

    Demand for land, speculation

    Demolition

    Vandalism

  • Conception

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    Aristide Beaugrand-Champagne, Joseph-Henri Caron, architects; Guido Nincheri (painted medallions); Hobbs Company (stained glass)

  • Manager(s)

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    Owner: Diocese of Montréal

  • Categorie(s)

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    Religious

  • Construction year

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    Between 1913 and 1922

  • Recognition status

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    Building of exceptional heritage value

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