City Hall

The arms of Arvida

The coat of arms of the City of Arvida.

Source: City of Saguenay.

The town hall

Arvida’s former town hall was converted into the headquarters of public safety in 2002.

Source: Sir William Price Heritage Centre. Gil Lemieux Collection.

Jordi Bonet's mosaics

A work of art by Spanish-born artist Jordi Bonet, composed of four mosaics, was once displayed on the right side of the Arvida town hall's façade. Damaged by the humidity of the fountain water, the mosaics were removed in 1975. One of them is currently located inside the hall of the Foyer des loisirs et de la culture (formerly the Recreation Center).

Source: Sir William Price Heritage Centre. Gil Lemieux Collection.

Man's Place in the Universe

After the removal of Jordi Bonet's mosaics, a new work of art is displayed on the town hall's façade : ''La place de l'homme dans l'univers'' (Man's Place in the Universe) by Karol Proulx.

Source: City of Saguenay.

The cenotaph

During the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the City of Arvida, a cenotaph is inaugurated in order to honor the Arvidian soldiers who died during World War II. The plaque is sculpted in a granite block extracted in the region.

Source: Le Lingot, July 10, 1952, p. 6.

Modifications to the cenotaph

In 1969, the monument is modified and moved at the request of the president of the Canadian Legion. The aluminium sculpture resembles a wheel crossed by three diagonals, which represent the Canadian Army, the Navy and the Air Force, with the coat of arms of the Canadian Forces at the center.

Source: City of Saguenay.

Frank E. Dickie

Frank E. Dickie, mayor of Arvida from May to November 1926.

Source: City of Saguenay.

John P. Walsh

John P. Walsh, mayor of Arvida from 1926 to 1928.

Source: City of Saguenay.

Arthur E. Riddell

Arthur E. Riddell, mayor of Arvida from 1928 to 1941.

Source: City of Saguenay.

J.-Louis Fay

J.-Louis Fay, mayor of Arvida from 1941 to 1957.

Source: City of Saguenay.

Georges Hébert

Georges Hébert, mayor of Arvida from 1957 to 1967.

Source: City of Saguenay.

Francis Dufour

Francis Dufour, mayor of Arvida from 1967 to 1974.

Source: City of Saguenay.

The City Hall

Built to centralise services and increase the efficiency of the administration, Arvida’s City Hall is the work of architects Bertrand Dallaire and Maurice Gravel. Inaugurated in 1960, the new building differs from previous city halls because its modern architecture is more concerned with functionality than simply being an imposing building. Like many buildings of the City of Arvida, it integrates in its architecture elements of aluminum in the framing, the doors and the windows.

The municipality of Arvida has had six mayors :

Frank E. Dickie (1926)
John P. Walsh (1926-1928)
Dr. Arthur E. Riddell (1928-1941)
Jean-Louis Fay (1941-1957)
Georges Hébert (1957-1967)
Francis Dufour (1967-1974)

When the cities of Arvida, Kénogami and Jonquière are merged, the larger and more accommodating Arvida City Hall is chosen to house the administration of the new city : Jonquière. In 2002, the City of Saguenay is created following the merger of the cities of Chicoutimi, Jonquière, La Baie and the municipalities of Laterrière, Lac-Kénogami, Shipshaw and part of Canton-Tremblay. The former Arvida City Hall today serves as Saguenay’s Public Safety headquarters.

360° view of the inside of the former Arvida City Hall

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Extract of
Arvida, City of Aluminum

Arvida, City of Aluminum image circuit

Presented by : Centre d'histoire Arvida

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