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(Updated 11:30 a.m., Oct. 15)
Orléans landmark in need of $5M facelift

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It’s the most recognizable building in Orléans and arguably the most culturally significant. I’m speaking, of course, about the Paroisse St-Joseph d’Orléans on St. Joseph Boulevard.

Just seven years shy of its 100th birthday, the church is in need of $5 million in repairs to both to its exterior and interior.

According to a structural review undertaken by the engineering firm John G. Cooke & Associates, the church’s masonry on the east, west and north walls has degraded over the years and is in need of significant repairs, as is the interior of the walls. The work will be carried out over a 15-year schedule, beginning with the south- east corner and east wall.

A fundraising campaign was launched on Sept. 20 with the goal of raising $5 million over the next five years.
The fundraising committee is hoping to tap into the entire community to raise the necessary money to preserve and protect the community’s most important landmark.

Interestingly enough, St-Joseph d’Orléans was built in 1922 to replace the original church which had to be torn down after 50 years due to structural damage.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   

 


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