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Wilfrid Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada

16 Laurier Street West, Victoriaville, Quebec, G6P, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1999/11/21

General view of the front façade of the Wilfrid Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada, showing a bust of Laurier, 1999.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, N. Clerk, 1999.
General View
View of the west side of Wilfrid Laurier House, 1999.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, N. Clerk, 1999.
Side view
View of the interior of Wilfrid Laurier House, showing the Laurier's bedroom after 1914.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, N. Clerk, 1999.
Interior view

Other Name(s)

Wilfrid Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier House
Maison Wilfrid Laurier

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1876/01/01 to 1877/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/06/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located in the old municipality of Arthabaska, (now amalgamated with Victoriaville) Quebec, the Wilfrid Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada is a two-storey building in the Italianate style. This elegant red-brick residence, once Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s home, sits on a gracious lot behind a semi-circular driveway framed by mature maple trees. Official recognition refers to the building on its legal lot.

Heritage Value

The Wilfrid Laurier House was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1999 because it is directly associated with a national historic figure, namely, one of the former prime ministers of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Built between 1876 and 1877 to Laurier’s specifications, the building served as his principal residence for 20 years and illustrates his success as a lawyer, in the Arthabaska region. This house was Laurier’s principal home until elected prime minister in 1896, after which he visited regularly and used it as his summer home until his death in 1919. The house was eventually given to the Quebec government and used as a museum dedicated to the memory of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. After the building opened as a museum in 1929 some alterations were made to accommodate the museological functions.

Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, November, 1999.

Character-Defining Elements

The key elements that contribute to the heritage character of this site include:
- its prominent location in an old Arthabaska residential neighbourhood;
- the rectangular, two-storey massing set under a hipped roof;
- the brick construction with white-accented details;
- the Italianate stylistic elements, notably the symmetrical, three-bay principal façade with central entry sheltered by an ornately detailed porch, the lively detailing that include brick quoins, a central arch containing a bulls eye window, arched windows, oriel windows, an ornate dentillated cornice with consoles, high stone foundation and small roof terrace surrounded by a balustrade;
- surviving detailing and materials from the Laurier era, notably the wooden casement windows, panelled doors, and remaining evidence of the original domestic plan, interior finishes, and remaining Laurier furniture.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Politics and Political Processes

Function - Category and Type




Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Louis Caron Sr.



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Québec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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