J.-H. Gariépy Mansion

Christmas 1914 in the Basement of Gariépy House

Sources: Photo: Provincial Archives of Alberta OB11233

Joseph H. Gariépy

Photo: Public Domain

Joseph Gariépy arrived in Edmonton at the age of forty. After making a fortune in retail and real estate, he became a city councillor in Edmonton in 1896 and a school board trustee from 1914 to 1924.

The House that Became Rosary Hall in 1924

Photo: courtesy of the Sisters of Providence of St. Paul.

The nuns had an extension built to the house, designed and built by McLean Engineering Co. in 1925. 

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This magnificent building, in the French Second Empire style, was built in 1903 by Joseph Hormidas Gariépy (1852-1927), a businessman, politician and strong advocate of French education. Originally from St. Lin, Quebec, Joseph Gariépy came to Edmonton alone to establish himself as a merchant and then brought his family with him in 1893. 

His wife, Étudienne, took on the important task of raising the family while Joseph went into real estate. His partners included Joseph Chenier, Edmond Brosseau and Pierre Lessard. 

Jospeh Gariépy was president of the Société Saint-Jean Baptiste of Edmonton for many years, and a separate school trustee for 25 years. Two of Joseph's sons, Wilfrid and Charles, were very active in the community. They worked as lawyers; Charles being appointed a judge later in life and Wilfrid serving his country in the Great War. Both served on the Edmonton school board and were involved in politics at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. 

This building was sold to the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in 1923. It became a women's shelter called Rosary Hall, run by the Apadana Women’s Housing Society.

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Francophone Heritage in Edmonton

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Presented by : Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta (CDÉA)
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