Laval University was founded in the 1850s by the Seminary of Québec. And for a hundred years its students lived and studied in the Old City. By the 1950s, the university had grown too large for the buildings it occupied – too large for Old Québec, in fact. It was then that the university moved to then-distant Sainte Foy; it is still there today, on a sprawling campus that easily accommodates its 45,000+ students.
There is one school at Laval University, however, that decided to return to Old Québec: the Architecture School. They wanted their students surrounded by – inspired by – the architecture of Vieux Québec. Those students now occupy several wings of the Old City’s seminary complex.
On nice fall days, when school is back in session, you see them with their sketch pads, channeling the genius of the four centuries of architects whose work defines Old Québec.