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Walter F. Fontaine

Walter F. Fontaine Walter F. Fontaine was born of French Canadian parents in Woonsocket in 1871. He bacame the most important architect in Woonsocket's history.

Fontaine began his training in architecture in 1887 in the office of Willard Kent, an important architect and engineer in late 19th century Woonsocket. After completing architectural training in Europe in 1893, he worked in the Providence firm of Stone, Carpenter and Wilson. He returned to Woonsocket in 1903 and established a large and successful practice.

Fontaine designed numerous public buildings and private dwellings, including Saint Anne's Church, the tower of Precious Blood Church, Holy Family Church, Our Lady of Victories Church, Mount Saint Charles Academy, Woonsocket Middle School, Union St. Jean Baptiste building, Saint Anne's Gymnasium, the Pothier Mausoleum, and numerous others. Also designed mills and factories throughout southern New England.

Fontaine died during the hurricane of 1938 at his summer home in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

This page utilizes information from:

  • Woonsocket, Rhode Island - A Centennial History 1888 - 1988 published by the Woonsocket Centennial Committee in 1988.
For Woonsocket residents, this biook is available at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library.

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