Demolishing History

Recently, there has been several articles about the demolition of historical sites and homes throughout the province.

It is so disheartening to see that this collective history means little more then nothing for some of those in charge. Of course, many historical building have been saved but we are demolishing a great deal every year… This, despite the fact that, in most cases, citizens had objected to these demolitions and taken action.

I just had to share some of these stories:


The Pierreville Church, constructed in 1855


Demolition started yesterday….

In this case, it was the owners of an ancestral house (constructed in 1850) who demolished it without permission from the city.


On a good note, here is an ancestral home that have been saved by it’s owners:


Hopefully, we can save a few for every one of these beautiful places that we loose!

These stories and more can be found on the APMAQ website

A Sunday Stroll Through the Old Terrebonne

One rainy Sunday we decided to go explore the old Terrebonne. My mother had told us that it was very nice and, for some reason, we were skeptical… we had never heard of it before.

Well, it was quite a treat! A lot of very nice old houses and cool looking restaurants. It kind of reminded us of Saco (Maine). In the parc near the water there are a tons of bernaches, which I think are also called Canada Goose (!). I had never seen one that close and they are HUGE!

Here are some pictures of our visit.

Woven by Wander

Taking a small break from making boxes to give a shout out to my good friend Lucy!


Other then the fact that she is a wonder women who has traveled the world, she has this amazing company which is not only ethical and eco-friendly but also encourages artisans around the world and enables you to make a difference with your $!

Her company is called Woven by Wander and she gave us the most amazing house warming gift: A beautifully hand crafted turkish round blanket! Perfect for a picnics in the garden or for the beach!


The Sahara Round Blanket from Woven by Wander


She also sells scarves and tote bags:

AND she has a promotion at the moment: Free shipping on purchases over $99!

Thanks Lucy for the blanket! And we can’t wait for you to tour the house when your not to busy touring the world🙂


The Dining Table Project

Dom found a very nice dining table in a thrift store. Sort of a french provincial inspiration wooden table (in real wood) that had some wear and tear but that was in overall great shape. Best part is: it only cost us 120$!

We wanted to turn into something like this:

So we needed to paint it white, stain the top and cover the chairs. It seemed like a big project but, little by little we are getting there.

First we covered the chair with the help of my in laws (actually my father in law covered the chairs while we watched).

We found the fabric at another thrift store where my in-laws do some charity work. It was originally a bed cover and we got it for only 2$!

Now we are in the process of painting the chairs white and the result is so far pretty awesome!!


Next step is to stain and varnish the top! More on this soon.

Shopping on Kijiji

Thanks to Suzanne & Robert, my wonderful in-laws, we have a new mattress.

Not the ikea type, but the real deal! Problem is, it’s a queen and we have a double frame. Since we are moving, we decided to get a new frame (and since we are on a budget we decided to go look in the classified).

We knew we wanted something antique looking and we had some inspiration from Pinterest:

A white wrought Iron bed is what we wanted.

And we found it!

Except that its black… we might paint it or not. A nice trucker named Jean sold it to us for 70$! We had to go get it in Rigaud (about 1h away), so we did on a super foggy Monday night. We strapped it to the hood of car and prayed that it wouldn’t fly away on the way back home. And now we have an awesome antique(ish) looking solid iron bed!

I love kijiji.

The Renaud-Limoges House

So Pierre worked a little magic and got us a bunch of documents to retrace the house’s history!

First, a map of the town circa 1876 shared by Pierre from his friend, Richard Lauzon.


Map of the town in 1871, my house will be constructed next to the church. We also see where the Renaud farm stood (still stands today).

We believe the land was bought in 1879 by Pierre Renaud, Octave’s Father, from this man’s father Charles Edouard Daunais.


Édouard Daunais, the town’s doctor, is the son of Charles Édouard who for some reason owned half of the town’s land!

That same year, Octave Renaud married Marie-Anne Limoges and builds his house on his father’s land.

Octave Renaud et Marie-Anne Limoges photo ancienne.jpg

Octave and Marie-Anne, Circa 1890?

In 1908 Pierre Renaud dies, Octave inherits the family farm which sits on the outskirts of the village. Yet, he remains in the village at 205, 2e avenue (dying to find a picture of the house from that period)!

Also, Lise tells us that “La maison ci-bas est la maison des Renaud au Trait-Carré qu’Octave a acheté de son père en 1879 lors de son mariage. 1 an plus tard, Pierre venait habiter sa nouvelle maison au 201,2e ave . Octave laissa la terre du Trait-Carré à son fils Félix vers 1910 et c’est à ce moment qu’Octave achète une maison voisine de son père Pierre sur la 2e ave

Thus, Octave might have BOUGHT the house in 1910, which goes with the town’s proposition that it was built in 1864. Also, I have to say that the over all architecture of our house is very consistent with the Neo-Classical Québécois style which was between 1800-1890s. I very much doubt that it was built after 1900, otherwise it would have had a very different style (especially the roof).


The Renaud Family farm. Pierre tells me that four generations of Renaud lived there!

Félix Renaud, Octave’s son, marries Lucia Allary in 1906. See Pierre’s post about the wedding.


Félix Renaud & Lucia Allary. 12 years later, Lucia dies from the Spanish flu.

That year the Spanish flu will make several victims in the village. One of them is Octave’s daughter, Marie-Anne Renaud who dies of the Spanish flu in 1919. Perhaps this is why she is not buried in the family tomb? This post from Pierre explains why it was common to bury Spanish Flu victims in a common tomb in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines (and also pretty much everywhere else).

Hélène becomes a nun and leaves the house. Her brother, Joseph-Émile Renaud, marries Alma Gascon. Marie-Ange is said to be living alone with her father in 1921, although we know he died in 1920. Are there any other children that I might have forgotten about?

Also, where is Marie-Anne in all of this? She only died in 1939… Why did the census man wrote that Octave was widowed and living with his daughter in 1921? Pierre, I think the census man must have got it all wrong!


Marie-Ange Renaud retains the house until 1954 when she sells it. Lise tells me she was a seamstress. She resembled her mother and was always well dressed! Perhaps we will find a picture of her at some point?

So Pierre, Lise, am I missing anything?