Cormier House

Coordinates: 45°30′01″N 73°35′07″W / 45.500262°N 73.585398°W / 45.500262; -73.585398
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Cormier House
Maison Ernest-Cormier
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
LocationGolden Square Mile
Address1418 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec
Construction started1930–31
Design and construction
Architect(s)Ernest Cormier

Cormier House (French: Maison Ernest-Cormier) is an Art Deco residence located at 1418 Pine Avenue West in the Golden Square Mile area of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1]


Exterior of Cormier House

It was built by architect Ernest Cormier in 1930–31 as his own residence. In 1974, the building was designated as a historical monument in Quebec.

In 1979, the property was bought by the 15th Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, for $230,000.[2] It served as his home from his retirement from politics in the summer of 1984 until his death in 2000.[3][4] It has been owned since 2000 by his son Alexandre,[5] younger brother of the current Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.


Cormier experimented with a variety of styles in the house: Art Deco on the facade, monumental on one side, and more modernist in the back. Cormier created most of the furniture, with remaining pieces acquired at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris.[6]


Cormier House has been designated as a historic property under Quebec's heritage legislation, the Loi sur les biens culturels.[7] The house appeared on a stamp issued by Canada Post in 2011.[8][9]

In 2018, the Ernest Cormier House was designated a National Historic Site, and Ernest Cormier was named a National Historic Person.[10]


  1. ^ Columbo, John Robert (1984). Canadian Literary Landmarks. Canada: Hounslow Press. p. 70. ISBN 0-88882-073-9.
  2. ^ "Trudeau checks his new house". Montreal Gazette. 31 December 1979. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  3. ^ Fulford, Robert (13 September 2003). "Art Deco's glamour". National Post. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  4. ^ Adams, Annmarie; Macdonell, Cameron (2016). "Making Himself at Home: Cormier, Trudeau, and the Architecture of Domestic Masculinity". Winterthur Portfolio. 50 (2/3): 151–189. doi:10.1086/689984. S2CID 164255409. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ Hustak, Alan (28 May 2009). "ART DECO REVIVAL". The Métropolitain. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ Bourbonnais, Eric (2006). Ulysses Travel Guide Montreal. Canada: Ulysses Travel Guides. p. 91. ISBN 2-89464-742-5.
  7. ^ Maison Cormier. Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  8. ^ Rochon, Lisa (8 June 2011). "New stamps emphasize Art Deco design". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Architecture: Art Déco". Canada's Stamp Details (Vol. XX No 2; April to June 2011). Canada Post. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  10. ^ Government of Canada Announces New National Historic Designations Parks Canada news release, January 12, 2018

45°30′01″N 73°35′07″W / 45.500262°N 73.585398°W / 45.500262; -73.585398

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