Saturday, May 9, 2009

Day 128: Hurtubise House

Day 128: Hurtubise House, originally uploaded by susanvg.

This house has stood here for 270 years (built in 1739). Once a farm house, built by the affluent Hurtubise family, it now sits in the middle of a residential section of Montreal. No longer surrounded by fields and orchards, its barn sits behind, an anachronism in an urban landscape. With the division of the original farm happening over time, houses from different vintages sprang up around it. This, to me, is one of the charms of my city - with architecture representing different time periods and different uses, from the homes built for the affluent to the homes built for the many people who worked on the infrastructure of our city, from building bridges to working on the railroad.

Unfortunately we have lost much of our older architectural heritage through city expansion, decay and lack of vision. This house, now owned by Heritage Canada, will be here to attest to a time when farms covered much of our island.

Learn more about the house here.


  1. I, too, love the variety of architecture you've photographed from Montreal - it does help to keep us 'grounded,' despite the fact that progress marches forward!

  2. Beautiful stonework in the original section! Whenever I see an old building like this, I feel a connection to the people and time that came before us. Thanks again for sharing such wonderful stories!

  3. Lovely! I believe my great aunt, Alice Lighthall, was instrumental in saving this house from demolition in 1955.