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The Father's House

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Dad's house (also known as John Campbell), an old house with a mansard roof in the heart of Old Montreal. The house is located at Bonsecours street, 440 South of Notre Dame street and is one of the most famous architectural and historical landmarks of the city of Montreal.

In 1779, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Montreal, John Campbell purchased the family Dad's plot of land on Bonsecours street and in 1785 was built on the site of the old wooden houses stone mansion. In 1809 the widow of John Campbell sold the house to the son of the previous owner-Joseph Papineau, and in 1914 it became the property of his son - a famous canadian politician Louis-Joseph Papineau, after which, in fact, subsequently, the house got its name.

In 1831-1832 years the house has been thoroughly rebuilt and expanded. As a result, lowering of the street level ground floor was almost completely raised above ground. The building was added to the left close to the next house, leaving this side only the arched passage leading to the back yard. The passage is made quite wide, so that if necessary the yard could drop the carriage. The main entrance shifted to the right. In the same period, in order to hide the sharp contrast between the old and new building, the neoclassical facade of the building was fully lined like stone tree. Has undergone significant changes and the interior of the house.

Louis-Joseph Papineau lived in the house on Bonsecours street until his expulsion in 1837. Back in the second half of the 40-ies in Canada, Dad's a few years lived in his Montreal home, after which he moved to his new estate in Montebello (Quebec).

Following a hundred years in the father's House was occupied by various hotels, a restaurant, a Laundry service and a hair salon. In favor of the tenants in 1875-1885 year, the architecture of the house again changed, this time becoming a regular four-storey structure with a flat roof. In 1960 the house was purchased by journalist Eric McLean. He has conducted thorough research of old drawings, photos of the interior and returned to the building its appearance of the time of Louis-Joseph Papineau.

28 November 1968 the House Papineau became a National historic site of Canada.