Half Day Field Sessions

Monday, October 27

Field Sessions will be in English and translation will be provided by bilingual participants as needed.

FS5 SOLD OUT! Waiting List Only.
The Cultural Mix of Old Québec and the Québec Seminary
Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:30–4:30 


In 1663, the same year that Louis XIV made Québec the capital of New France, François de Laval, the first bishop of the architect responsible for the restoration work, founded one of the most important institutions of the nascent colony: the Seminary of Québec. The vast Seminary complex includes historic buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The oldest wings, grouped around an enclosed courtyard, are particularly remarkable.

The institution began as community of diocesan priests to help the first bishop establish the foundations of the Catholic Church in North America. In 1668, he also founded a minor Seminary which has evolved over the years into a private school that now offers a secondary education to both boys and girls. In 1852, the priests of the Seminary established Laval University, the first French Catholic University in North America.

You will begin this field session by walking through the Old City, which will include many of its most important sites and historic institutions, both French and British, in the upper and lower towns and then conclude with an in-depth exploration of the Seminary, where preservation specialists will discuss restoration efforts and adaptive-use projects, past and present, including the integration of the School of Architecture of Laval University into the oldest wings of the institution.

Fee: $50
Includes:
snack, materials
Capacity:
20
Dress Code:
casual with good walking shoes shoes
CEUs:
3.5



FS6 SOLD OUT! Waiting List Only.
The Cultural Mix of Old Québec and the Ursulines
Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:30–4:30


You will start this field session with a walking tour of the Old City that will reveal a fascinating mix of architectural influences that characterize this historic city which first served as capital of New France and then capital of British North America. You will view French merchants’ houses in the lower town and then move on to the first Catholic cathedral, the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (Our Lady of Quebec City), built north of Mexico, and the first Anglican cathedral, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, built outside the British Isles. You will also see the magnificent courtyard of the Seminary, before beginning a more extensive visit of the Ursuline Convent.

One of the oldest institutions in Québec, the Ursuline Convent continues today in the educational role for which it was first established, housing one of the finest girls’ schools in the city. The Ursuline nuns, who came to Québec in 1639 to educate Amerindian girls and French girls in the settlement, established their convent and school on their site in the upper town in 1642. Buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are arranged around enclosed courtyards and a portion of the nun’s extensive gardens have survived, offering a green haven in the heart of the Old City. The Ursuline school offers its students an exceptional cultural environment.

During your exploration of this historic convent you will learn about recent restoration work and visit the Ursuline Museum with its collections, which include exceptional altar frontals dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, embroidered with silver and gold threads and the finest silks. A highlight of your visit will be the Ursuline Chapel which contains the oldest sculptural ensemble which has survived since the French regime, dating from the 1720s and ‘30s, as well paintings from France that came to Canada after the French Revolution.

Fee: $50
Includes:
snack, materials
Capacity:
20
Dress Code:
casual with good walking shoes shoes
CEUs:
3.5



FS7 SOLD OUT! Waiting List Only.
Le Château Frontenac
Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:30–4:30   


The dramatic silhouette of Le Château Frontenac dominates the Old City. It is, indeed, the symbol of Québec. This field session will begin outside of the hotel in the Old City on a walking tour that will reveal the fascinating mix of architectural influences that characterize this historic city which first served as capital of New France and then capital of British North America.

You will then return to hotel for an in-depth discovery of the Château Frontenac. Perhaps the most famous building in Canada, this great hotel, which first opened its doors in 1893, has hosted many kings, queens and heads of state. Its greatest moment of glory was when Churchill and Roosevelt met in its Rose Room in 1943 and 1944 to plan their strategies during World War II.

With its circular and polygonal turrets, massive towers, gable roof and dormer windows, the architecture of the Château Frontenac is inspired by that of French Châteaux. But behind the exterior of this imposing edifice of brick and stone is hidden a structure of steel, which imposes many technical challenges. Over the years, numerous interventions, restoration, and renovation projects have been carried out, including work on the envelope, structure and roofs.

This field session will reveal the historic, architectural and technical context in which the architecture of the Château Frontenac has evolved over the years.

Fee: $50
Includes:
snack, materials
Capacity:
20
Dress Code:
casual with good walking shoes shoes
CEUs:
3.5

 


FS8
A Second Life for the Military Drill Hall in Quebec City: Conservation Strategies and Technical Challenges
Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:30–4:30


The Manège militaire de la Grande Allée in Québec City was subjected to a major fire in April 2008. The 1885 drill hall and the 1913–1914 expansion were heavily damaged by the flames. In 2012, through an ambitious and innovative rehabilitation project, the Government of Canada announced its reconstruction. The consultant team will guide you through key areas of the damaged building while describing proposed rehabilitation intervention. You will learn about the project’s technical challenges, the investigations carried out in 2013–2014 and the overarching approach for historical interior finishes damaged by the fire. The field session includes an overview of types of on-site work (masonry, plaster) and a short presentation of the rehabilitation project and a visit to the Québec Citadel.

Fee: $50
Includes:
snack, materials
Capacity:
20
Dress Code:
casual with good walking shoes shoes
CEUs:
3.5



All fees are listed in USD.

Photo by Claudel Huot

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