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Gilbert Léger Store

4543 Principale Street, Saint-Antoine, New Brunswick, E4V, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/04/12

A southern view of Principale Street after the 1938 fire with the Gilbert Léger Store on the left; Valmond Léger Collection
Gilbert Léger Store
View of Principale Street prior to the 1922 fire showing Dominic Léger's and Gilbert Léger's store; Valmond Léger Collection
Principale Street before the 1922 fire
The building which houses the florist in Saint-Antoine has maintained its commercial viability since the 1920's, despite being ravaged by the two fires of 1922 and 1938; Daniel Léger
Former Gilbert Léger Store

Other Name(s)

Gilbert Léger Store
Saint-Antoine Florist
Fleuriste Saint-Antoine

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/05/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Gilbert Léger Store consists of a 2-storey American Foursquare duplex located on Principale Street in Saint Antoine.

Heritage Value

Gilbert Léger Store is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with the major fires of 1922 and 1938 and for serving as an example of an old general store (1920 to 1967) that contributed to the area’s commercial development following construction of the railway in Saint-Antoine.

On March 11, 1922, flames ravaged eleven buildings in the heart of the village’s business district, and in 1938, fire completely destroyed the Gilbert Léger and Dominic Léger stores for the second time, leading to the establishment of Saint-Antoine's first fire brigade. Despite the discouraging situation, the Gilbert Léger Store was rebuilt and served mainly as a general store until the 1960s, after which the arrival of supermarkets forced the closure of the village’s general stores, including the Langis, the Urbain Breau, and the Willie Cormier stores. The Gilbert Léger Store is the only one still housing a business and is now being used as a flower shop. Thanks to its strategic location in the village centre at the corner of Principal Street and de l’Église Avenue since before the 1922 fire, the Gilbert Léger Store serves as an example of a business that benefited from the construction of the railway and contributed to Saint Antoine’s economic and commercial development. The architecture of the store reflects a popular building trend in the 20th century. The American Foursquare duplex design allowed for both residential and commercial occupancy of the building.

Sources: Village of Saint-Antoine, File Number A10 – "Magasin Gilbert Léger"

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Gilbert Léger Store include:
- central location;
- continued use as a commercial establishment;
- original 1938 American Foursquare duplex architecture including: the storefront window and door placement, hipped roof, central hipped dormer and rectangular 2-storey massing.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1920/01/01 to 1967/01/01
1922/01/01 to 1922/01/01
1938/01/01 to 1938/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Gilbert Léger

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Village of Saint-Antoine Municipal Office - File A10

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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