CHÂTEAU RAMEZAY

280 Notre-Dame Street East, Montreal, QC

(514) 861-3708

Status: Former Governor’s Residence; Former Army Headquarters; Former University Building; Museum

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History

In 1704 Claude de Ramezay was appointed the Governor of Montreal and given land on rue Notre Dame.

In April of 1705 construction begins on the house we now known as Chateau Ramezay, It is completed in 1706 and Ramezay and his family move in.

Ramezay dies in 1724 and his widow leases the house to Intendant of the Colony in 1727.

In 1754 Ramezay’s widow passes, and the house is inherited by their children. They sell it to the Compagnie des Indes. After a fire in 1856 the Compagnie increases the size of the house by one third making it what it is today.

In 1764 – after the British conquest of the French colony; ownership passes to a businessman who runs his business out of it.

In 1773 ownership is passed to the British Crown who turn it into the official residence of the British Colonial Government in the Province of Quebec.

In 1775 – when the Americans invade Montreal; it becomes the official headquarters of the American Revolutionary Army. Historical figures like Benjamin Franklin and Benedict Arnold work out of the house. The main intention of this invasion is to drum up support from the colonists for the American Revolution.

In June of 1776 the Americans flee the house when British reinforcements arrive in Montreal.

In 1778 the British Government makes the house the official residence of the Governor-General of British North America making Montreal the capital of Canada briefly.

By 1849 Montreal loses it’s designation as the capital of the United Province of Canada and the house loses it’s designation as an official government residence.

In 1856 the house becomes the Ecole Normale (Normal School) Jacques-Cartier and teachers are trained there.

From 1879 to 1889 the house is used by both the faculties of Medicine and Law from Laval University.

In 1891 Montreal celebrates the 250th anniversary of it’s founding, and a historical group saves the house from being demolished.

On May 1, 1895, the house officially opens as a museum.

In 2000 the Governor’s gardens officially open behind the house.

 

Paranormal Activity

Apparitions in period clothing – many of whom are mistaken for employees – have vanished right before people’s eyes.

The unexplained sounds of moaning are reported as coming from the fireplaces.

Phantom footsteps are also commonly heard through the house.

Other reported activity: disembodied voices; flickering lights and the feelings of being watched and not being alone.