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Sylvain Gaudet House

172 La Vallée Highway, Memramcook, New Brunswick, E4K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/06/19

Aerial view of the Sylvain Gaudet House which reveals the rather irregular architectural style of the structure; Memramcook Valley Historical Society
Aerial photo of the Sylvain Gaudet House
Sylvain Gaudet House - Northwest view of the house - Front façade and north elevations of the main body of the house, as well as the east wing of the house and the gable dormers.; Gérard LeBlanc
Sylvain Gaudet House
Sylvain Gaudet House - Image reproduced from old photos illustrating the exterior finish of the house, typical of of the construction work of Sylvain Gaudet.; Thérèse Melanson/Gérard LeBlanc
Sylvain Gaudet House

Other Name(s)

Sylvain Gaudet House
Former House of Sylvain R. Gaudet
L'ancienne maison de Sylvain R. Gaudet

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Sylvain Gaudet House, built around 1875, is a one-and-a-half storey, eclectic-style building located on La Vallée Highway, in Memramcook.

Heritage Value

Sylvain Gaudet House is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with Sylvain Gaudet and for its architecture.

Sylvain Gaudet House is recognized for its association with Sylvain R. Gaudet, a renowned building contractor who lived in the former village of McGinley, where he ran his many enterprises. Born in 1848, Sylvain Gaudet moved to McGinley’s Corner in 1874, where he established a business that would eventually include a sawmill with a planer, a shingle mill, a woodwork mill, a flour mill, a carding mill, and a general store. His woodworking shops produced magnificent wooden pieces, such as altars, balustrades, and other finishings for churches. As a building contractor, Sylvain Gaudet was recognized for the construction or interior finishing of a number of buildings, including churches, schools, colleges, convents, and residences. He is best known for the Lefebvre Monument, a stone building that was constructed in 1896 to pay tribute to Father Camille Lefebvre, c.s.c., founder of the College Saint-Joseph.

Sylvain Gaudet House is recognized as well for the fact that it is representative of the construction work of Sylvain Gaudet and of the house styles of that period. This one-and-a-half storey, eclectic-style house was built by Sylvain Gaudet around 1875.

Source : Village of Memramcook Municipal Building - Historic Place file "Maison Sylvain Gaudet"

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Sylvain Gaudet House include:
- distinctive structure consisting of a 1 1/2 storey rectangular main section, with a gable roof, attached to two perpendicular wings, one on the façade and one on the back;
- projecting bays and gable windows on the façade and north side;
- veranda on the façade;
- original cut stone foundation;
- distinctive style of the woodwork, including the arch in the parlour and the newel post on the banister;
- exterior finishing.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1896/01/01 to 1896/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Sylvain Gaudet


Sylvain Gaudet

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Village of Memramcook Municipal Building

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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