440, rue Bonsecours
The Papineau family were an honorable family. The grand-father of Louis-Joseph Papineau had the house built in 1785 on Bonsecours Street within the walls of the city; a privilege for the wealthiest families. The large rectangular building is certainly not small. Mr. Louis-Joseph Papineau, who lived in this house, was a fervent supporter of French Canadian against the British. Lawyer, involved politically, he spoke up for the French colonies already established in the area. At one time, the house was attacked by the opposition.
Louis-Joseph Papineau also has another building associated with him. The Papineau Manor in Montebello which is now a museum.
In additional to the past implication of the resident of this building, the architectural character gives it an historical patrimonial heritage aspect. In fact, while not open to the public, it a National Historic Site recognized by Parks Canada.
Note: In January 2021, the house is revealing its original walls.
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