June 29, 2016
2642 CANADA (Quebec) - The Cardinals Palace in Quebec City in 1930's
In 1843, Joseph Signay (1778-1850), the third archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, acquired two properties in order to build a new episcopal palace. The plans are prepared by the architect Thomas Baillairgé (1791-1859). Built in 1844 and 1845, the building in stone has three floors and a roof topped ridges with a lantern overlooking a classical pediment spirit. A columned portico underlines the entrance.
In 1887, a fire damaged the roof and removed the lantern. It would at the same time a building with three arched windows topped by a tower is erected at the back of the yard behind the breezeway. The plans would be the architect Joseph-Ferdinand Peachy (1830-1903). This building will be significantly modified later with the addition of a railing, pilasters and arches according to the plans of the architect François-Xavier Berlinguet (1830-1916).
In 1898, at the funeral of the cardinal Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau (1820-1898), St. Louis chapel was built in the same spirit. As part of a beautification effort of the access to the Upper Town by the demolition of the block at the corner of Côte de la Montagne, in 1904 was created a prestigious façade overlooking the Côte de la Montagne, according to the plans of architects Francis Xavier Berlinguet and René Pamphile Lemay (1870-1915).
About the stamps
United States stamps
The three stamps are part of the commemorative series Go Green,about which I wrote here.
The stamp is part of the series Beneficial Insects, about which I wrote here.
Palais épiscopal de l'Évêché de Québec (french) - Repertoir du patrimoine cultural du Quebec
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 15.11.2015