Archambault Houses No 4 – June 2022

In this issue you will discover buildings, houses and places in and around Old Montréal that refer to
descendants of Jacques Archambault.
It’s up to you to follow in their footsteps with the help of this map.

Archambault Houses and Buildings in Montréal

Conrad-Archambault Consultation Room
275 Notre-Dame Street East, Montréal


In 1938 the city of Montréal adopted the current version of its coat of arms modified by their chief archivist Conrad Archambault, in order to make them conform to the rules of heraldry.

This consultation room is a site entirely devoted to the historical archives of the City of Montréal. It is in this room that the contract for the first well in Ville-Marie, dug by our ancestor Jacques Archambault in 1658, was preciously preserved.

Chief archivist of the City of Montréal, Conrad Archambault was born in Montréal on December 23, 1893 from the marriage of Joseph and Alexina Drouin. In 1933, Conrad set up the press clipping files which were intended to select documentation relating to the administration of the City of Montréal.

In the forefront of the photo, a replica of the well dug in 1658 by our ancestor Jacques Archambault,
inaugurated in front of some 250 of his descendants on October 20
th, 1984.
Photo Pierre Archambault

Research and writing

Pierre Archambault,  Granby


Richard Archambault, Pointe-Claire
Diane Chabot, Pointe-Claire

Translation of the articles

Thanks to all our volunteer translators


Monique Archambault, Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton


Raynald Archambault, Québec


The Archambault building

351 place D’Youville, Montréal

Archambault Building, 351 Place D’Youville,
corner of Saint-Pierre Street

We have found among these files the Archambault building of 351, place D’Youville, at the corner of Saint-Pierre Street. It had been built in 1854 by A. Archambault, and the building had served as a shop/warehouse. It had five floors, and the dominant material of stone had been seen on the eastside of Saint-Pierre Street.

The doors and windows had been modified in 1950, and the front on place D’Youville does not have its original aspect since it had received a new brick facing.

The Archambault’s building is situated next to the museum of Pointe-à-Callière, near a reproduction of the well dug in autumn of 1658 by our ancestor Jacques Archambault.

Photo of Old Montréal
Photo : Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Archambault and Watier house

211 de la Commune Street West, Montréal

This building which is situated at 211, rue de la Commune West counts five levels and constitutes the wing which had a set of three warehouses. Thanks to the newly redone quays, the warehouse had participated very well in the trade of import-export.

“The trade of hay and cereal in the 19th century had been undoubtedly the most important one in Montréal.

The Archambault and Watier house, was one of the most considerable types and the business big warehouse of 100 feet by 75 had been situated at 165 de la Commune Street West. The orders of importation and exportation had been regular and had always been filled according to the most reasonable terms”.

The Jane-Tate building,

420 Bonsecours Street, Montréal

Marie-Paule Nolin’s building
(born Archambault)
Photo : Répertoire du patrimoine
culturel du Québec

This house/shop had been built in 1863-1864 for Miss Jane Tate on the land which had belonged to her since 1856. The three-storied stoned building had two commercial premises on the first floor and some apartments on the remaining floors .

The nearness of the Bonsecours market and Jacques-Cartier’s place had seemed to direct the vocation of the building because many of their occupants had been associated with the food’s section. By 1940, the National Dried Fruit Co had settled in the building and had occupied all the first floor until the arrival, in 1963, of the studios of the high fashion of Marie-Paule Archambault Nolin, (1908-1987) daughter of Charles Auguste and Anna Beaudry, whom had been considered to be “the great lady of the Montréal’s high fashion.”

Then, the building had undergone its first important internal and outside restoration. The same year, it had been classified as the Maison-Nolin. The official name of the building had changed in 2004 to the Maison-Jane-Tate .




Created by Marie-Paule Nolin.
McCord Museum

Marie-Paule Archambault-Nolin.
Photo : Archives nationales du Québec

The house of the Notary Louis Archambault

20 Saint-Paul Street East, Montréal

On October 9, 1876, Louis Archambault, the Notary and Legislative Adviser had acquired a three-stories building at 20 Saint-Paul Street East with an important difference in the level between the facade of Saint-Paul Street and the one of the De la Commune Street.

The Doctor Archibald Hall had the building constructed in 1846. During the crisis at the end of 1840, Hall had found it difficult to find an occupant for the main store. He had rented it later to a pianoforte. Putting this trade on the side he had then found a shoemaker, the Shakespeare Club from 1847 till 1848 a wholesaler of cloths and articles of haberdashery. The vocation of the building had changed several times.

Louis Archambault had died in L’Assomption in 1890 and the succession had become the owner of the building until June 7, 1945.

Place Jacques-Cartier Montréal
Photo : Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Louis-Archambault building,

4352 Saint-Denis Street, Montréal

Photo: City of Montréal Photographic Center
It is engraved on the carved stone of the building
« Édifice Louis-Archambault, Société des artisans canadiens-français »

Photo : Photo library, Saguenay Historical Society Document: P2-S7-P10450-1
Thanks to Mrs. Myriam Gilbert, archivist of the SHS

Louis Archambault, founder of the Société des artisans canadiens-français, craftsman, mutualist and building contractor, son of Louis and Angélique Prud’homme, was born March 7, 1829 in L’Assomption, Québec.

Rue Saint-Denis Street, Montréal

Hôtel du Canada and Hôtel Donegana

Angélique Archambault, hotelier


To the left, Hotel du Canada, from an 1872 engraving
Corner of Sainte-Thérèse and Saint-Gabriel St., Montréal

To the right, Hotel Donegana.
Wikipedia, free Encyclopédia


The Hôtel du Canada, Montréal’s most exclusive was administered by the hotelier, Angélique Archambault, born in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal on October 18, 1812, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Archambault and Thérèse Archambault.

As one of the most prestigious clients of the Grand Hôtel of Angélique, history records the names of Prince Jérôme Napoléon, brother of Napoléon 1st‘s younger brother, who came down in 1861.

The chronicle of the time bears witnesses to the success and prosperity of the establishment in the years that followed. In particular, it was noted “that he was furnished with luxury and that his table had a great name. We went there for fun, many banquets and even balls…”

Burned down in 1849, a second establishment will bear the name of Hôtel Donegana, on Notre-Dame Street corner of Bonsecours Street, Montréal, which is transformed into a “hotel for the sick”, now Notre-Dame Hospital moved into the current building on Sherbrooke Street.

Ruins of Hôtel Donegana
McCord Museum Archives

The house of Alphonse and Yvonne Robert

721 Allard Street, Verdun






Photo : Pierre Archambault

Inset at the bottom, Pierre, archivist of the Association des Archambault
d’Amérique and at the top inset, his wife Nicole, formerly next door at 723.


Yvonne Robert

Built in 1929, the six children of Alphonse and Yvonne lived in this house. It was sold in 1977 following the death of Yvonne, a widow.

Alphonse was born in Saint-Henri on February 18, 1897 and died on May 10, 1949, around 7 p.m., of a cerebral hemorrhage while listening to the radio. He was 59 years old and left his wife and six children .

His wife Yvonne Robert was born in Verdun on January 13, 1898 and died on January 21, 1977, aged 79.


Photo : Pierre Archambault
In the usual order: Hélène, Yolande,
Pierre, Yvon, Alphonse and André.

Archambault-Musique building

Enterprise founded in 1896 in Montréal by Edmond Archambault, son of Zéphirin and Marie Délima Archambault of Saint-Paul-l’Ermite (Lanaudière, Québec).

Music shop keeper, lucky in business, he sells scores, pianos, organs and violins. His business is flourishing during the first thirty years of the nineteen century, so good that in 1928, Edmond order from the Engineer Gaspard Archambault a seven-story building, Art Deco style, where he moved in 1930. This very building is still under the name Archambault-Musique, corner of Sainte-Catherine St and Berri St in Montréal.

Edmond Archambault

The house of Rodolphe Tourville and
Berthe Archambault in Outremont

Montréal’s architectural heritage

Claude-V. Marsolais
LA PRESSE – Published October 11, 2005

Rodolphe had one of the most imposing residences in Outremont built in 1914, located at 22,  Ainslie Avenue. With its slate roof and its cladding in pecked iron oxide brick and limestone, its style is bursting as it borrows as much from that of the English Renaissance as from those of the Tudor and Edwardian styles with a touch Arts & Crafts. Architecture specialists call it Free Style.

With 20 rooms, as well as a detached outbuilding where a garage and a two-and-a-half-room apartment are housed, the interior has been designed to ensure the comfort of its owner, the rooms on the front and on the left side being reserved for the family while the western part was for the use of servants.

At the entrance, the visitor finds himself in a very large hall divided in two by a triple arch in dark oak in the Tudor style. A fireplace was inserted into the wall beyond the arch. The monumental staircase leading to the upper floor is also in oak and in the same style. A glass roof where we can see crests, commemorating the fourth centenary of the discovery of Canada by Jacques-Cartier (1534-1934) disperses a muffled light.

A hallway leads to the dining room and the main living room. The dining room is magnificent with its mahogany paneling, its coffered ceiling inlaid with plaster patterns and its sliding door with beveled glass that opens onto a living room, formerly the solarium. The period carpet (1930) has been preserved.

The Georgian-style living room with sumptuous oak paneling has a gas-fired fireplace surrounded by windows decorated with escutcheon stained-glass, a huge rosette on the ceiling and a small nook with a bench seat with carved wooden corners ( cozy corner) which has the most beautiful effect.

Another smaller French-style living room with its fake electric fireplace and magnificent decorated plaster ceiling was formerly reserved for ladies.

At the back, the old solarium has been replaced by a living room, but the fireplace, the paneled walls and the original stained-glass windows have been preserved. Upstairs, five good-sized bedrooms open onto a hall where there is a magnificent, sculpted table whose feet represent characters. This table had been left by the original owner. In the basement, there is a large living room, a billiard room, the laundry room and the boiler room.