Historical Tour

The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue has a rich history and a rich built heritage. To discover the architectural wonders and learn more about the history of the city, and its role in the evolution of Montreal and Quebec, we have prepared a pedestrian circuit that transports visitors through the history of the city. territory.

Discover the City's history by visiting the following sites:

 

Credit : Anne-Marie Dufour

Maison de la Baie d'Hudson
9, rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

In the late 1790’s or early 1800’s, this house was built for use as a fur warehouse by Peter Grant, an officier of the North West Company. The house became the property of the Hudson’s  Bay Company in the 1820’s when the two companies merged. The new company used the building for commercial and storage purposes. Subsequently, the building served as an RCMP barracks before being converted into a hotel at the end of the 19th century. The hotel was much appreciated by the villagers becaused it housed Mrs. Wright’s Tea Room and a dance hall. The mansonry of this house features field stone walls with quoins. Its original gable roof had a fire wall which was demolished when the roof was transformed into a mansard roof at the end of the 19th century.

 

City Hall
109, rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

The Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue city hall was built in 1860. At the time, it was a private residence belonging to Pascal Pilon. The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (incorporated on April 18, 1878) only acquired this building in 1907 and then proceeded to renovate it into a city hall to accommodate a council chamber and various public utility offices. The building has been transformed many times since it became municipal property, accommodating a post office, the local police headquarters, and the local fire department at various points in its history. In 2013, in order to emphasize the great heritage value of the building, the façade was completely restored to its 1935 character.

 

Simon Fraser House
153 rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

The Simon Fraser House was built between 1790 and 1810 for Peter Grant (ca. 1764-1848), a partner of the North West Company. The Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852) would have stayed there in 1804 and composed his famous text "The Canadian Boat Song". Following the fire of the manor of the Seigneurie de Bellevue in 1820, Simon Fraser (1760-1839), owner of the fief and also a partner of the North West Company, acquired the house to be his mansion. His descendants remain owners until 1965.

Between 1850 and 1890, the house is modified including the addition of a Neo-Gothic porch on the front and a drum on one of the gabled walls. It underwent further modifications in 1892-1893, while it was subdivided into two dwellings. Subsequently, dormers are fitted with low-arched pediments, while firewalls supported by stone brackets are shaved when the roof is modified. From 1906 to 1954, the property is home to a branch of the Bank of Montreal. Thanks to the support of the Bout-de-l'Isle Historical Society and the Canadian Heritage Foundation of Quebec, the Simon Fraser House was restored in 1962, in keeping with the evolution of the building. This work is carried out under the direction of the architect Percy Roy Wilson (1900-2001), one of the precursors of modern architectural restoration in the Montreal area. The Simon Fraser House was listed in 1962. It was sold to the Canadian Heritage Foundation of Quebec in 1965.