Québec in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec, — Central Canada (French-Canadian)
Le Vielle Prison de Québec
(The Old Quebec Prison)
— (Morrin College) —
This is the first prison in Canada to reflect the principles of John Howard, a British reformer who believed that cellular confinement, work, and education could rehabilitate criminals. Designed by local architect François Baillairgé and constructed between 1808 and 1814, the building was among the first in Québec to be inspired by the design principles of British classicism. With the completion of a new prison in 1861, this building was sold to Dr. Joseph Morrin and converted for use as an anglophone junior college by the architect Joseph-Ferdinand Peachy.
Cette prison fut la première au Canada à refléter les idées de John Howard, réformateur britannique selon lequel la détention en cellule, le travail et la rééducation étaient propres à redresser les criminels. Dessinée par l'architecte québécois François Baillairgé et construite entre 1808 et 1814, elle fut l'un des premiers immeubles de Québec à s'inspirer des principes du classicisme britannique. Une nouvelle prison ayant été achevée en 1861, ce bâtiment fut vendu au docteur Joseph Morrin et converti en un collège pour les jeunes anglophones
Erected 1997 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Location. 46° 48.761′ N, 71° 12.62′ W. Marker is in Québec, in Communauté-Urbaine-de-Québec. Marker is on Chaussée des Écossais (frmrly Rue Saint Stanislas) just from Rue Dauphine, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Québec G1R 4H3, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (a few steps from this marker); The Congregation of the Church of Scotland (within shouting distance of this marker); Felix-Gabreil Marchand (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Michel Boisvert, SJ (about 90 meters away); Maison Baillargeon (about 120 meters away); The Artillery Park (about 210 meters away); Chemin Royal (about 210 meters away); Ulric-Joseph Tessier (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Québec.
More about this marker. This marker is on the front wall of Morrin College.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.