1760 – Lévis, Quebec, Canada – $596,924

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Added to OHD on 11/13/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/13/18   -   28 Comments
1630 Route Marie-Victorin, Lévis, Chutes-de-la-Chaudière-Ouest, QC

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Price

$790,000 CAD
$596,924 USD

Beds

5

Baths

3.5

Acres

8.1

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La maison Paquet ” is a farm house built in 1760, This vast house built in the French style “pieces sur pieces” is representative of the rural French architecture with its double sloped roof, its very thin drip edge and its typical framework. This house belonged to the Paquet family during more than 150 years. It was the birthplace of Mgr Benjamin Pâquet (1832-1900), director of “Le Grand Seminaire de Quebec” and rector of the Laval University, and of the politician Étienne-Théodore Pâquet (1850-1916), deputy, secretary and registrar of the province of Quebec. Restoration The building is part of the patrimonial area of Saint-Nicolas since 1987. A meticulous restoration accomplished by the Taschereau family, under the supervision of an architect from the ministry of cultural affairs, permitted to give back to the building its original configuration. The double sloped roof was put back in place, dormer windows were installed, the wine cellar was restored, the baker oven and the 3 stone chimney were also restored. The exterior envelope and the structural elements of the building were classified as patrimonial in 1989. (the interior is not concerned by this restriction). Since 1992, the house takes benefit of an area of protection of about 500 feet. The electric wires are buried on the whole site. Vocation Over its lifetime, the house has had many vocations; a farm house, then a general store, then a bi-generational house, then a residence with a professional office. Its charm, its history, its spacious rooms and its vast land with the magnificent view on the river make of this property a privileged place to establish an inn or a restaurant
Contact Information
Chantale Bouchard, Sotheby's Intl. Realty Quebec
418.569.4661 / 418.681.4141
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24 Comments on 1760 – Lévis, Quebec, Canada – $596,924

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  1. AvatarBev says: 22 comments

    Wow. Take a look at the street view and turn around. 🙂

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  2. TGrantTGrant says: 528 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    What a marvelous property, especially the attic library. And with that wonderful architectural treasure across the roadway!

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  3. AvatarNancy C says: 123 comments
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    abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

    Well, I have been through the photos of this structure three times, once quickly and twice very slowly. I don’t seem to be able to get enough of it and will surely take more trips through the images. There is so much to see in every room that it is hypnotizing, especially the attic library. Thanks so much for posting this treasure, Kelly.

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  4. AvatarKaren says: 579 comments

    I love the rustic appearance…the hearths, the wood walls…and then, you turn around, and there’s a sauna!

  5. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 793 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    Saving to favorites!!

  6. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 760 comments

    Zut alors, c’est magnifique!

  7. Avatarkmmoore says: 294 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    I want to be friends with these people! Every room has something interesting. The library is the stuff of dreams. At first glance I thought the owl was really flying across the library and I thought, “All this AND a trained owl?!!!” Spectacular property.

  8. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 392 comments
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    1980 board & batten modern

    LOVE I see so much to covet. So much already said to confirm the positive. Including the mod chairs.
    Thank you Kelly

  9. ErnieErnie says: 210 comments

    Photo #30 has me wondering about that beam being a major impediment. That thing could REALLY do some damage to the human bod.

  10. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
    1875 Limestone house
    Loire Valley, France,

    What a beautiful rustic house! Love the double height roof space! Saving it to my faves on Pinterest (like someone suggested in a Friday share post in order not to loose all of my favorites at the end of the year), and going back to the beginning to look at it once (or twice) again!

  11. Avatarkimmers says: 60 comments

    Talk about a living museum!

  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 4338 comments

    What a magical and enchanting place! One senses the presence of sailors and trappers huddled around the big open fire drinking grog and singing to stay warm and merry. Their presence here is palpable, especially thanks to the splendidly preserved interiors. LOVE the comfy mod pieces in with all the great antiques. Such a captivating property; fabulously photographed!

  13. Avatargail says: 86 comments

    WOW thank goodness I can speak French….I can move there…but I am willing to bet that is a bear to heat……….and I need wool underwear

  14. AvatarWill says: 66 comments

    This property is likely that of one of my distant relatives. My great (many times over) grandfather, Fidele Paquet, was from Quebec and born in 1799. He eventually moved to Souris, Prince Edward Island where my paternal grandfather was born in 1900. I’ll have to share this with my siblings. It’s an amazing residence.

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  15. AvatarPurista says: 9 comments

    Finally, a maison ancestrale that is relatively intact (other early Quebec houses on this site have been gutted mercilessly right down to the charpente–frame–and stone exterior walls). This one deserves a steward/custodian who commits to not disturbing any surviving early or original fabric. I always cringe when I read ”meticulous restoration” but here the work appears to have been more informed than is often the case. This is a glorified–a very glorified–log cabin built piece-sur-piece even though its square-hewn wall timbers are well-hidden inside interior and exterior cladding. You can catch a glimpse of them beneath the whitewash in the eighth shot from the top. The house has a steep-pitched roof, which supports its early date. This is a rare case in which it’s not inconceivable that one segment of the house might be even earlier. The roof framing, including king-post trusses, is largely intact. The sole exception appears to be a couple of collar ties that were removed and reinstalled higher up in the roof to give more headroom. The roof planking and gable sheathing appear to have been replaced when the recent restoration work was done. I’m guessing the dormers came after original construction although it’s not impossible that a more pretentious house like this would have had dormers originally. Often the original chimney systems in the early houses of Quebec and New England were removed in the 19th century when more efficient wood stoves became popular so that the space formerly occupied by the massive chimneys could be appropriated for living. Not so here, very thankfully. The chimneys, including their bases in the cellar and their fireboxes, appear to be original. The plafond á caisson (coffered ceilings of boards and battens) I would guess are also original, as are the beam casings. If not, they are period-appropriate. Of particular interest are the ”knees” where the main-floor ceiling beams meet the walls, which help resist racking since there are no braces, which here would intrude into the rooms. In English New World architecture of the same period, chimneys are not freestanding; instead a chimney girt and a wall frames them in, and this substantial chimney girt accepts braces from the outboard chimney posts, giving the house frame rigidity. However, occasionally knees are seen in place of braces in New England houses, too, particularly in 1.5-story 18th-century gambrel-roofed cottages. It is often claimed that their presence indicates ownership or craftsmanship by a ship-builder since these same knees appear in large ships of the era. But that association probably is not true in most cases. Note the early 19th C. Quebec painted cupboards and armoires and the open-backed chairs at the table that are typical of 18th and 19th C Quebec/l’Isle d’Orleans vernacular furniture. This is a good house IMHO; there are few left now with so many interior features intact. Vive la patrimoine bati du Québec!

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  16. SharonSharon says: 332 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    What is the circle of trees on the property? A windbreaker, but for what?Seems mysterious.

  17. AvatarNarelle Lindner says: 10 comments

    My first thought about the rustic attic was…what a PERFECT scene setting for “La Boheme” !!

  18. AvatarKarenZ says: 874 comments
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    I’m getting caught up on homes and normally I don’t comment on ones that are listed over a day or two, but this is incredible! Although, I am much too tall for places in this home!
    One thing that really struck me is that they say that Americans love their guns! There are almost at least three guns in each room!

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