3559 Principale Street, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick, E1X, Canada
Former House of Dr. Aldoria Robichaud
Ancienne Maison du Dr Aldoria Robichaud
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Description of Historic Place
Château d’Acadie is a 2-storey stone Chateauesque residential building located on Principale Street in Tracadie-Sheila.
Château d’Acadie is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with its first resident and for its architecture.
Château d’Acadie, today a bed and breakfast, was formerly the home of the late Dr. Aldoria Robichaud. A part adjacent to the residence served as an office for this doctor, who was in charge of the lazaretto in Tracadie from 1939 to 1965. He was also a surgeon at the local hospital from 1934 to 1972. He was the last physician to care for the Tracadie lepers. Besides working as a surgeon for 50 years, Dr. Robichaud found a remedy for leprosy during a stay in Louisiana, so the last lepers in Tracadie were then able to be treated with this new medication, sulfoxone sodium (diasone).
The Chateauesque architectural style of Château d’Acadie, built in 1939, is unique in the region. It exhibits such traditional elements of this style as the hipped roof with steeply pitch cross-gable, the dormers breaking the roofline and exterior stone walls. Inside, some of the furniture and certain floors are made of mahogany, and there are also birch floors. Most of the furniture consists of a collection of the original pieces, giving the house a great richness.
Source : Town of Tracadie-Sheila, Heritage file # 5
The character-defining elements that describe the architecture of Château d’Acadie include:
- asymmetrical 2-storey massing;
- stone exterior walls;
- hipped roof with steeply pitched cross-gable;
- gabled dormers that break the roofline;
- Roman arch entryways with paneled doors;
- cement entrance stairs;
- irregular fenestration of tall rectangular windows in sets ranging from single to five windows.
The character-defining elements that describe the interior of Château d’Acadie include:
- yellow birch floor;
- mahogany floors;
- collection of original furniture.
Local Governments (NB)
Local Historic Places Program
Municipal Register of Local Historic Places
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
- Peopling the Land
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Hotel, Motel or Inn
- Health and Research
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Tracadie-Sheila Town Hall
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