Burg Altena, Germany
SITE HISTORIQUE DE LA MAISON

The Lamontagne hous has been built in 1750 by Marie-Agnès Lepage and Basile Côté. Marie-Agnès Lepage was the granddaughter of the first lord of Rimouski whose name was René Lepage. Because of its unique kind of architecture, this house has been classified as an historical site in 1974.

The Lamontagne house is made of half-timbered masonry. Half-timbered houses are built of vertical planks spaced aproximatively six to nine inches apart. THe spaces in the wood framing are filled with stone masonry and a clay and straw mortar mix. This masonry is then coated with a layer of lime-timbered mortar. This technique of construction was in use from the middle ages. There are only four half-timbered houses in all North America.

Three different families have lived in that house: the Lepage, the Lamontagne, the St-Laurent. The second one is the family who inhabited the house for the longest period of time. That's why we call it the Lamontagne house.

The house has been restored as ti was in 1810, a few time after the construction of the additional room.

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