OF VANIER COLLEGE
Vanier College has a rich
and fascinating history. To fully understand this history, we need
to go back to the year 1837...
In that year, the Sainte-Croix
Congregation was founded by Father Basile Moreau, in Le Mans,
1841, Father Moreau added a group of Sisters to his Congregation.
In 1847, a small group of these Sisters (Soeurs Marianites) were
sent to Canada to create an educational institution for girls
in the small village of Saint-Laurent. Their first school was
named Maison Sainte-Marie. This school, once located on the grounds
of Vanier's E Building, would eventually evolve into two large
institutions: Pensionnat Notre-Dame-des-Anges and Collège
Basile-Moreau. For more information on the construction,
demolition, renovation and sale of specific buildings, please
consult this timeline
written by Sisters Thérèse Roy and Hermine Laurin.
In 1967, Notre-Dame-des-Anges
was closed, followed by Basile-Moreau in 1968. Both schools were replaced
by Vanier College, part of Quebec's secular post-secondary education
system called CÉGEP.
Vanier College officially opened for its first semester in September,
This web site is designed
to provide its visitors with an historical guided tour of Vanier College.
But first, we invite you to view this introductory page so that you
can get a better understanding of the many changes that have taken
place on the campus since the late 1840s. At the bottom of this page,
you will find several links that will allow to enhance your experience
even further. Note that the sources of the many images found in this
web site are listed here.
Enjoy your trip back in
Our trip through history
begins with this building, the first known to have been built
on land that constitutes our current campus.
At left, we see the
Village de Saint-Laurent chapel which was erected in 1817 on the
Sulpicians' land. It was primarily dedicated to celebrate May,
the month of Mary, as well as the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
The 1832 and 1854 cholera
epidemic victims were buried here. Located at the corner of avenue
Sainte-Croix and rue Basile-Moreau, it was demolished in 1911
to make way for the construction of the Académie Saint-Alfred
(the future H Building).
This photo was taken
in the late 1800's.
This was the
first convent building that was erected on our site. It was called
Maison Sainte-Marie and was completed in 1847. It was run by the
Sisters of Sainte-Croix. When the chapel was added in 1872-73,
that specific chapel became known as Académie Sainte-Marie.
Some sources also indicate that this original building may have
been actually built in 1734, and was possibly used for many years
by Sulpician priests.
1897, the convent had grown considerably. With a wing added to the
left of the Académie Sainte-Marie (chapel) in 1889, the entire
facility was renamed Pensionnat Notre-Dame-des-Anges. The
above structure includes what we now call the C Building (left)
the center chapel (now the F Building) and the Continuing Education
Center or E Building on the right.
|Here is a later look from around the early 1920s showing the same view of the front of the College in which we can now see the addition on the left side of what we now call the B building. Note that some buildings on the far left are visible near the area where our current Sports Complex sits. In this location, the sisters maintained a mini-farm for growing food which also included a chicken house and even a modern dairy operation. You can click on the photo for a larger version.
the late 1920s, we can recognize the shape of our present-day Vanier
College. In 1933, the Sisters of Sainte-Croix created a second academic institution
called Collège Basile-Moreau. It was first housed in some
existing locations and then expanded considerably in the 1940s and
new addition of what we call A building was originally called
Collège Basile-Moreau, named after the founder of the
Sisters of Sainte-Croix. This photo taken between 1955-57 shows
the addition of the A Building on the left hand side. The old
F Building visible at the end of the road was torn down and
replaced with our much more modern F Building in the early 1960s.
an aerial view of the campus taken in the early 1960's just prior
to the College's inception in 1970. Notice the new F Building (in
the centre with the black roof) as well as the absence of the Sports
Complex on the left side and the N Building on the far right.
front of our campus as it appears today. From left to right are
the B, C and F Buildings.
site was last updated on March 14, 2016