Maurice Perrault (12 June 1857 – 11 February 1909) was a Canadian architect, civil engineer, and politician.

Maurice Perrault
Maurice Perrault
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Chambly
In office
Preceded byAntoine Rocheleau
Succeeded byEugène Merrill Lesieur Desaulniers
15th Mayor of Longueuil
In office
Preceded byMichel Viger
Succeeded byVictor Pigeon
Personal details
Born(1857-06-12)12 June 1857
Montreal, Canada East
Died11 February 1909(1909-02-11) (aged 51)
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Alma materPetit Séminaire de Montréal
OccupationArchitect at Perrault et Mesnard

Born in Montreal, Canada East, the son of Henri-Maurice Perrault, a surveyor and architect, and Marie-Louise-Octavie Masson. Perrault studied at the Petit Séminaire de Montréal from 1867 to 1875.[1] He studied surveying and architecture from 1875 to 1879.

In 1880, he went to work in his father's company, which was called Perrault et Mesnard. Here, he was involved in the design of Sainte-Cécile in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (1882–84); Sainte-Anne in Varennes (1883–87); Saint-Antoine in Longueuil (1884–87); and Saint-Charles in Lachenaie (1888–90). The firm reconstructed the facade and steeple of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.[2] They also designed the Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur chapel behind the basilica,[3] and St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria[4]

In 1888, Perrault, who was of Liberal allegiance, was appointed chief architect for the district of Montreal by Premier Honoré Mercier.[3] He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.[5] He later designed Laval University, St. Denis Street, 1893–94.

In 1908 Perrault undertook the restoration of St. Hyacinth's Cathedral. He secured the foundation, and replaced the original square towers with two slender bell towers.[6]

From 1898 to 1902, he was mayor of Longueuil, Quebec.[5] He was elected by acclamation to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for the electoral district of Chambly in the 1900 election.[3] A Liberal, he was re-elected in the 1904 and 1908 election. He died in office in 1909 and was buried in the Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. ^ "Perrault, Maurice", Biographical dictionary of Architects in Canada
  3. ^ a b c "Perrault, Maurice", Répetoire du Patrimoine culturel du Québec
  4. ^ St. Andrew's Cathedral
  5. ^ a b Laberge, André. "Perrault, Maurice", Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 13, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 1994
  6. ^ Paroisse Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur