Maison Charron is a rare surviving example of the maison québécoise in Canada’s Capital. Built between 1826 and 1841, probably by carpenter François Charron, on land rented from Philemon Wright (the founder of Hull), the house is representative of the architectural transition from the 18th century maison traditionnelle québécoise to the more modern 19th century home.
From 1892 Maison Charron served as headquarters for a river transportation company. It was purchased by the Canadian government in 1941. Jacques-Cartier Park was created on the property surrounding the home and the house itself was later restored as an exhibition space. Maison Charron was designated a Government of Canada Recognized Federal Heritage Building in 1985.
Rehabilitated by the NCC in 2015, Maison Charron is the oldest house in the Hull sector of Gatineau.
Today, the building is operated from May to November by the Association des auteurs et auteures de l’Outaouais.
For information: http://www.aaao.ca/ (in French only)
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