The Château Dufresne, built between 1915 and 1918, was a beaux-arts style mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, leading members of Montreal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal’s east end.
For the same price, you may visit the Château Dufresne and the Nincheri Studio, the oldest stained-glass studio extant in Québec. Guido Nincheri, (1885-1973) is one of the greatest artists and entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. This Italo-Canadian’s murals, stained glass windows, frescoes, paintings, and furniture executed from his designs have adorned more than 200 buildings across 116 locations in Canada and the United States. Renowned for his glass painting technique and for the quality of his stained glass designs, Nincheri has produced over 5,000 stained glass windows in nine Canadian provinces and six New England states.
Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guided tour of the Château Dufresne Museum in english (45 minutes duration) Wednesday to Sunday at 2:30 pm. Guided tour of the Nincheri Studio (45 minutes duration) at 1:30 pm.
Children 4 years and under: Free
Children 5 to 17 years: $ 7.00
Students and seniors: $ 13.00
Adults: $ 14.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) : S 30.00
2929 Jeanne-d’Arc Avenue, Montréal
Pie-IX, Pie-IX west exit
MONTRÉAL & CO.
MONTRÉAL’S FRANCOPHONE BOURGEOISIE DURING THE BELLE EPOQUEAT THE CHÂTEAU DUFRESNE MUSEUM
Montréal’s French-Canadian bourgeoisie of the turn of the 20th Century is little studied and even less well-known. Montréal & Co. Montréal’s Francophone Bourgeoisie During the Belle Epoque is the first exhibition ever to reveal the francophone business sector of this period. This exceptionally industrious class didn’t hesitate to establish large institutions such as the Chambre de commerce du district de Montréal in 1887, now the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain. Also noteworthy is the 1907 establishment of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in 1907.
The exhibition paints a vivid and comprehensive picture of this bourgeoisie’s migration into Montréal districts, from Vieux-Montréal to the Carré Viger, and from the former City of Maisonneuve to Outremont. As the French-speaking elite settled on Outremont’s bucolic, suburban charm, the dream of the Dufresne brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne to found a francophone city in east Montréal was only partially realized. The Château Dufresne Museum remains nonetheless a powerful symbol of French-Canadian entrepreneurial success in Montréal.
Montréal & Co. addresses also women’s situations and roles in this turn of the century bourgeoisie. As historic movements advocating women’s causes took hold during that era, thanks to the efforts of the women of the Montréal’s francophone bourgeoisie, the status of all women was improved throughout Quebec.
On view through September 7th, the exhibition has been made possible thanks to the financial support of HEC Montréal and Caisses Desjardins Préfontaine-Hochelaga et Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. It has also benefitted from the financial support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and from the Ville de Montréal as part of l’Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.
Mr. Marc Poirier, Chair of the Board of the Société du Château Dufresne and Vice-President, Operations at Magnus Poirier Inc., has officially launched the Château Dufresne Museum’s annual fundraising campaign, to be put toward properly conserving the Museum’s collections and offering visitors a rich and varied program and high-quality exhibitions.
To send us your donation, just mail it to us at: Château Dufresne Museum, 2929 avenue Jeanne-d’Arc, Montreal, H1W 3W2 .
You can also make your donation over the telephone, by calling (514) 259-9201.
Thank you for your generosity.