Étienne Gaboury

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Étienne Gaboury
Born April 24, 1930
Swan Lake, Manitoba
Awards CM
Buildings Royal Canadian Mint building in Winnipeg, the Precious Blood Church, the new Saint Boniface Cathedral and the Esplanade Riel

Étienne Gaboury, CM OM (born Étienne-Joseph Gaboury on April 24, 1930 in Swan Lake, Manitoba) is a Canadian architect from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Gaboury, a distant relative of Louis Riel, studied architecture and Latin at the University of Manitoba before studying at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris. Gaboury is known for his regional prairie designs which incorporate elements of the physical, emotional and spiritual.

He has completed more than 300 projects around the world including the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and is considered one of the most important Canadian architects working today.

Gaboury's Royal Canadian Mint (Winnipeg)

His most notable projects include the Royal Canadian Mint building in Winnipeg, the new Saint Boniface Cathedral and the Esplanade Riel. The teepee-style Precious Blood Church completed in 1968 in St. Boniface, Manitoba, features eleven interior wood beams which form a smoke hole like skylight thirty meters above the altar. [1]

In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[2]

Sculpture of Louis Riel[edit]

"Tortured" Louis Riel statue at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface

Gaboury designed the wall that surrounds sculptor Marcien Lemay's depiction of Canadian Métis leader Louis Riel as a naked and tortured figure. The statue was unveiled in 1970 and stood on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for 23 years. The statue was later moved to the grounds of the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface.

In 2012, he was made a member of the Order of Manitoba.[3]


  • Étienne Gaboury, Éditions du Blé, 2005


  1. ^ Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 
  2. ^ "Order of Canada appointments". 
  3. ^ "Order of Manitoba grows stronger". Winnipeg Free Press. July 13, 2012. 

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