Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

This imposing basilica, constructed from 1824 to 1829 and completed in the early 1840’s, was the first significant example of the Gothic Revival style in Canada. Built as a parish church to designs by Irish American architect James O’Donnell, it is an outstanding example of the style’s early Romantic phase, characterized by the application of medieval features such as pointed arches, battlements and pinnacles to a classically influenced, symmetrical form. The use of the Gothic Revival for such an important building heralded the prominence the style would have in Canadian architecture.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada