Château Dufresne

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Château Dufresne
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General information
Architectural style Beaux-Arts architecture
Address 4040 Sherbrooke Street East
Town or city Montreal, Quebec
Country Canada
Coordinates 45°33′14″N 73°33′14″W / 45.553885°N 73.553818°W / 45.553885; -73.553818
Current tenants Château Dufresne Museum
Construction started 1915
Completed 1918
Cost $1 000 000
Client Oscar & Marius Dufresne
Other dimensions Grounds: 7,134 m2
Technical details
Floor count 3 floors, 40 rooms
Floor area 1,809 m2
Design and construction
Architect Marius Dufresne & Jules Renard
Designated: 1976
Type: Immeuble patrimonial classé

The former residence of Marius Dufresne and Oscar Dufresne, the Château Dufresne was originally divided into two separate households, one for each brother. The founding fathers of the city of Maisonneuve - now incorporated with the city of Montreal - the famous Dufresne brothers were wealthy twentieth century French Canadian entrepreneurs who played a major role in the history of Montreal. Now used as a historical museum showcasing the Beaux-Arts architecture and antique furnishings of the former Dufresne residences, the Chateau Dufresne was declared an historic monument by the provincial government in 1976.

Designed by the Parisian architect Jules Renard who based his plans on the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France, the Dufresne mansion was an ambitious project from the get-go. Constructed from 1915 to 1918, the interior of this Gothic-inspired mansion was decorated with a series of beautiful murals and ceiling paintings by Guido Nincheri in the 1920s. Known for his piety and devout religious leanings, the secular subject matter of the Château Dufresne's interior decor is an amazing exception to the rest of Nincheri's artistic career. Having served as the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts from 1979 to 1997, the Chateau Dufresne now offers tours of the mansion and also plays host to various temporary art and history exhibitions.


Château Dufresne is located on Sherbrooke Street East, adjacent to the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Botanical Garden, near the Pie-IX subway station.


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The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.


Coordinates: 45°33′14″N 73°33′14″W / 45.553885°N 73.553818°W / 45.553885; -73.553818