Mgr. LaRocque entrusted architect Louis-Napoléon Audet to draw up the plans. A press clipping reports on the construction of the Cathedral. We can read : St. Michael Cathedral will not be completed in our time, but it will take many years to get there. Meanwhile, however, the basement provides a nice handy church, which will be sufficient for the needs of the parish.
The vast structure is located on a picturesque rock, which rises almost perpendicularly with Marquette Street, close to the old church, which will soon be demolished. It stands at a right angle of the old church, built in 1855. It extends from east to west of the hill and will be seen from miles around.
The style is pure Gothic, simple, unified, though imposing by its profile, as may be seen from the printed illustration we have had for a long time. It is made of stone, the granite coming from quarries in Ste-Cécile de Whitton. The granite is of a beautiful finish, joined tightly and solid as the rock on which the building is standing. By entering from a vaulted door, one is suddently struck by the height and the space of the interior, disposed in such a way as to accomodate 1800 to 2000 people.
The vault, made of beautiful tiles, according to an artist’s drawing by the Maison Gustovinio, is supported by arches and 4 by 5 feet pillars of solid cement. The marble flooring is in a mosaic pattern, white and blue, artistic and harmonious.
Source : Article of 17 August 1917 in the ephemerides register, volume 43, 1917-1918.