Biography of Louis G. Destremps
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Destremps, Louis G., architect, son of Louis G. and Agnes (Genereux) Destremps, was born in Montreal, Canada, May 9, 1851. He received his early educational training in his native city. In 1870 he came with his parents to Pittsfield, Mass., remaining there six months, when they moved to Woonsocket, R. I. In 1872 his parents returned to Canada and Louis came to Fall River, where he followed the carpenter's trade for three years and engaged in contract work for one year. In 1875, when the great fire occurred at St. John's, Canada, he went there and followed his trade until 1881, in which year he went to New York and studied architecture in the Sixth Avenue High School, from which he was graduated, completing the course of four years. In 1885 Mr. Destremps, well prepared to pursue his occupation, came to Fall River and began business, first as an architect and builder, but since 1890 he has turned his entire attention to architecture. He spent the years 1888 and 1889 at Newport, R. I., and while there was architect for the State Agricultural College at Kingston, and also built a private residence for Mr. Hodgson, the noted florist. Of late years he has been architect of many large structures in Fall River, including St. Matthew's Church; Notre Dame church, costing $350,000, and rectory; St. Joseph's Orphanage, a fine building of five stories high, costing $225,000; Jesus of Mary Convent; Convent for Dominican Sisters; three large eight room public school buildings in Fall River; Convent school building and rectory for Notre Dame parish at Waterbury, Conn.; and was supervising architect of the magnificent St. Ann's church of Fall River built at a cost of $750,000, and one of the finest edifices in New England. He was also supervising architect of the Fall River armory recently built and has drawn successful plans for many other public buildings of Fall River. Mr. Destremps was married in 1874 to Celina Mayer of Fall River. They have six children: Louis E., Philias, Arthur, Victor, Charles and Albert.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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