The Rochon Residence is a federally recognized heritage house, thought to be among the oldest buildings in Lowertown. Located at 138 St. Patrick Street, this historic structure requires rehabilitation to protect wood components, in order for it to continue to be appreciated and enjoyed by current and future generations.

As the steward of heritage buildings and sites in the National Capital Region, the NCC will undertake the renovations necessary to revamp the Rochon Residence.

About the project

The building requires interior and exterior maintenance, as well as structural reinforcement.

Process and timeline

The rehabilitation work will start in Winter 2021. The work will include the removal and installation of exterior cladding, interior fit-up and structural reinforcement. It will entail a normal level of dust and noise.

About the site

The Rochon Residence is located across from the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, a few steps away from the National Gallery of Canada. Its construction dates to the early 1830s.

The architecture of the Rochon Residence represents a traditional one-storey house of Lowertown in Ottawa, built with materials such as squared timber and wood siding. It was once the home of woodcarver Flavien Rochon, who is the first clearly identifiable occupant. Rochon is known to have carved the stalls and sanctuary of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in 1844.

This project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects, made possible with the Government of Canada’s $52.4-million investment from the 2020 federal budget.