Lemieux, Paul M.

LEMIEUX, Paul M. (1902-1968), a son of Ludger Lemieux, and he likely trained under his father in Montreal from 1919 to 1922. Born in Montreal on 25 January 1902, he studied architecture in Montreal at the Ecole Polytechnique (in 1922-23), and at the local Ecole des Beaux-Arts (in 1923-25). In 1927 he moved to Paris to study architecture at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, and was employed briefly in architectural offices there. He graduated in November 1930, then returned to Montreal in January 1931, forming a partnership with his father (see list of works under Ludger Lemieux). After his return to Canada he appears to have contributed many ideas about modernism and the modernist movement to the works in his father's office, best seen in their collaborative design for the Atwater Market in Montreal, 1932-33 (Sandra Cohen-Rose, Northern Deco: Art Deco Architecture in Montreal, 1996, 139, 141, illus. & descrip.). Lemieux was one of seventeen architects from Canada who submitted entries in the competition for the new R.I.B.A. Headquarters in London in 1932, but his design was not premiated. His drawings for this project survive in the Lemieux Collection held by the CCA in Montreal.
He shared with John M. Lyle a belief that a strong Canadian national style of architecture could emerge because, as he stated in his widely publicized radio address in 1934, there was "...no good reason why the two [founding] races could not develop a national style in architecture" (R.A.I.C. Journal, xi, July-Aug. 1934, 124; Const., xxvii, July-Aug. 1934, 114; C.R., xlviii, 18 July 1934, 639). Lemieux retired in December 1966 and died in Montreal on 26 December 1968 (death notice Le Devoir [Montreal], 28 Dec. 1968, 2; obit. and port. La Presse [Montreal], 7 January 1969, 35; inf. Province of Quebec Assoc. of Architects; inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects). The Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal holds an extensive collection of drawings prepared by the father and son partnership of Ludger & Paul Lemieux (1931 to 1953), as well as drawings by Paul Lemieux from 1953 to 1966.


ARVIDA, QUE., Roman Catholic oratory, Hunt Street, 1946 (C.R., lix, Sept. 1946, 142)
LACHINE,QUE., Roman Catholic school, 1949 (C.R., lxii, April 1949, 153)
ATHOLVILLE, QUE., presbytery for the Roman Catholic parish of Notre Dame de Lourde, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, April 1950, 118)
MONT ROYAL, QUE., publishing factory for J.P. Desrochers Co. Ltd., 1950 (C.R., lxiii, April 1950, 134)
VILLE JACQUES CARTIER, QUE., Roman Catholic retreat house for the Jesuit Fathers,1950-51 (C.R., lxiii, Oct. 1950, 156)