Château du Faubourg is a fine example of the French Second
Empire Napoleon III architecture. A famous architect Monsieur
Joseph Ferdinand Peachy who was the president of the Quebec
Architects Association designed it in the 1880's.
Dussault's, a very predominant and wealthy family, commissioned
Monsieur Peachy to design and build a Château that would
reflect their status in Quebec City and Canadian society. Monsieur
Francois-Xiavier Dussault et Madame Adelaide Houde Dussault
were the owner of the Houde-Dussault Tobacco co. founded by
her father in 1841. A few decased later, the company became
the Imperial Tobacco Company of Canada.
couple decided to build their French Château on a property
located in the Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste where their factories
were located. No need to mentioned that the family played an
important role in the economic and social development of the
Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste and Quebec City. It took over two
years to build the mansion with the help of carpenters and craftsmen
from all over the world.
Dussault Family was, during that period, one of the wealthiest
families in Canada. The newspaper L'Evenement wrote that when
Monsieur Dussault died in 1891, his wife Adelaide became one
of the wealthiest women in the country. The population even
called her the Regente (like a Queen) because of the importance
of her assets. After her death in 1895, the newspapers claimed
that no match could be found to describe her imposing and lavished
her death the Château would pass to the hands
of her son Joseph-Ernest. At his death his son Adjutor inherited
the property. At the death of Adjutor's wife, Marie-Emilie,
in 1940, she gave the property to a religious community called
les Soeurs de Jeanne d'Arc.
many years after, the Château passed to the hands
of many owners who converted this big property into apartment
1999 the current owners of the Château acquired the property
to restore it and bring back its glory. The family is very meticulous
the authenticity of the restoration and understands that many
years of work is a head of them but the results are worth to
life to the Château du Faubourg!