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Château Dufresne, Montreal

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3.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The Château Dufresne is a historic building located in the borough Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal, Canada.It was the residence of Marius and Oscar Dufresne, two wealthy French Canadian entrepreneurs who played a major role in the history of the city of Maisonneuve. The Château Dufresne was originally divided into two separate households, one for each brother. In 1948, the Dufresne family sold the property to the Congregation of the Holy Cross who used it as a pavilion annex of the Holy Cross College. In 1957, the City of Montreal became the new owner of the estate. The Holy Cross College, however, remained tenant until 1961. The mansion then housed Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art from 1965 to 1968 and Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts from 1976 to 1997. Since 1999, the building houses the Château Dufresne Museum, renamed Dufresne-Nincheri Museum in 2014.Built from 1915 to 1918, the mansion was designed by the Parisian architect Jules Renard and Marius Dufresne in the Beaux-Arts style. The architects based their plans on the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France. The building has forty rooms covering about 20,000 square feet. The interior was decorated with a series of murals and ceiling paintings by Guido Nincheri in the 1920s and 1930s. Known for his piety and devout religious leanings, the secular subject matter of the Château Dufresne's interior decor is an exception to the rest of Nincheri's artistic career. Alfred Faniel, a Belgian born artist, also decorated the house at the same period.
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  • This is a great opportunity to learn a bit about the commercial history of Montreal later than the fur trading and other political info from other spots like the governor's mansion. It was very pretty...  read more »
  • Beautiful stained glass windows by Nincheri, period furnishings in some rooms, gorgeous original parquet floors, tile mosaic floors in the garden room. I used the tablet tour which covered all aspects...  read more »
  • If you like decorative arts, this mansion museum will not take long but is wonderful - you'll learn there are two homes inside (one for each brother), each very different. It is self-guided with table...  read more »
  • Est-que c'est le chateau Angers?
  • Amaaaaazing
  • I love this place (Dufresne Castle) historical and sharp... Beautifull touristic attraction. Gillis
  • Intetesting story of two brothers who made a fortune in shoe business . Lots of intereSTING displays with photos and typical displays ..from thirties and forties etc.
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