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A Look Back at Quebec's Masters of Modernism

The firm behind some of the province’s biggest public projects of the ‘60s and ‘70s is the subject of a new show in Montreal.
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Noël Thomas J.R., Guy Dubois, Centre Canadien d’Architecture

If there’s one group of architects that best represents the Quiet Revolution that swept through 1960s Quebec, it’s PGL.

The Montreal trio of Joseph Papineau, Michel Robert Le Blanc, and Guy Gérin-Lajoie established a Quebec brand of modernism through some of the province’s most visible public projects of the decade. During the ‘60s, the province created ministries of health and education, secularizing what had previously been controlled by the Catholic Church. With those reforms came “an architectural part to which [PGL] gave form,” says Louis Martin, an art history professor at Université du Québec à Montréal.