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Saint-Vincent-de-Paul old penitentiary

160, montée Saint-François, Laval

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Published on : May 11 2021

Last modified on : May 11 2021

The Old Penitentiary of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul was designated a “National Historic Site of Canada” in 1990, the year after its closure. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair and neglect.

Inaugurated in 1873, the building was greatly modified and expanded, notably in the 1930s and 1940s when new wings were added. Until its closure in 1989, it remained the only French-speaking federal prison.

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Vieux pénitencier de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

Source: Service correctionnel Canada

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  • Municipality or borough

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    CIty of Laval

  • Issues

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    Mechanisms for protection

  • Owner(s)

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    Public: federal government

  • Threat(s)

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    Vacant

    No upkeep

    Lack of knowledge

    Demolition

  • Conception

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    Unknown

  • Manager(s)

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    Federal government

  • Categorie(s)

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    Institutional

  • Construction year

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    1873, 1930s-40s

  • Recognition status

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    National Historic Site of Canada

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