Ste-Anne Catholic Church (Ottawa)

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Ste-Anne Catholic Church
Ste-Anne's Church Ottawa.jpg
Ste-Anne Catholic Church
Location 528 Old St. Patrick Street in the Lowertown neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario
Country Canada
Denomination Catholic
Founder(s) Bishop Guigues
Dedication Saint Anne
Status Church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Designated heritage property
Designated 1978
Architect(s) J.P. LeCourt.
Architectural type French Colonial Revival[1]
Completed 1873
Parish St. Clement Parish
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Ottawa

Ecclesiastical province of Ottawa

Official name Ste-Anne Roman Catholic Church
Designated 1978

Ste-Anne is a Catholic church located at 528 Old St. Patrick Street in the Lowertown neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada.[1] Built in 1873 by architect J.P. LeCourt, it is one of the few examples of traditional Québécois church architecture in Ontario.[2] Ste-Anne is the home of St. Clement Parish, a bilingual parish community that celebrates the Mass and other sacraments in Latin according to the liturgical norms of the 1962 Roman Missal.


Bishop Joseph-Bruno Guigues was responsible for the creation of the church, as by the 1870s Ottawa's French Catholic population outgrew the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Pierre Rocque worked as the contractor and assisted LeCourt in the construction. Bishop Guigues laid the cornerstone on May 4, 1873.[2]

In April 2009, part of the roof collapsed, resulting in an 18-month restoration costing more than $1 million. Eight months after the church reopened, it was closed again by the Archdiocese of Ottawa due to dwindling attendance and economic problems.[3] Archbishop Terrence Prendergast offered the building to the community of St. Clement Parish, which agreed to the move and began holding Masses at Ste-Anne's on June 3, 2012.[4][5]

Heritage Designation[edit]

Ste-Anne Catholic Church is a designated heritage property under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. It is commemorated by the City of Ottawa with the following plaque:[1]


Eglise Sainte-Anne

This traditional Québec style church was designed by the architect J.P. Lecourt. The steeply-pitched roof and façade sculptures are common to churches of this type. It originally served the lowertown parish which extended to Notre Dame Cemetery.

Designated Heritage property 1978.


The building features a plain stone facade with a medieval-inspired rose window. The doors, windows, and three statuary niches contain classical rounded arches. A detailed three-tiered belfry tops contrasts with the simple stone facade.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Property name: Ste-Anne Roman Catholic Church". Ontario's Places of Worship. Ontario Heritage Trust. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Fletcher, Katharine (2004). Capital Walks: Walking Tours of Ottawa. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside. pp. 95–96. 
  3. ^ Patterson, Kelly (7 August 2011). "Protesters, archbishop attend last mass at 138-year-old lower town church". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Gaudreau, Phil (April 23, 2012). "St Clement's Parishoners Will Move To Ste-Anne Church". CFRA News (AM 5.80). Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "L'église Sainte-Anne d'Ottawa restera ouverte grâce à de nouveaux fidèles". Radio-Canada. April 23, 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 45°26′04″N 75°40′59″W / 45.434547°N 75.683178°W / 45.434547; -75.683178