Prefontaine, Fernand

PREFONTAINE, Fernand (1888-1949), born in Montreal, Que. on 11 January 1888 and a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique there in 1911. In 1918 he was one of the founders and contributors to a progressive art journal called Le Nigog (The Spear), a few issues of which were published containing contributions from Prefontaine and his circle of friends including Jean C. Drouin, Aristide Beaugrand-Champagne, and John Roxborough Smith (I. Gournay & F. Vanlaethem, Montreal Metropolis 1880-1930, 1998, 38, 134, 148)
In 1919 he traveled to Paris to undertake special studies in the history of art and archaeology and while there took courses at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole du Louvre, but his actual contribution to the architecture of Montreal is unclear, since no citations or tenders calls for buildings designed by him can be found in journals or newspapers for the period of 1920 to 1950. Prefontaine died in Montreal in 1949 (biog. and port. Biographies Canadiennes Francaises, 1926, 268)