Thursday Doors – August 4, 2016

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Historic Buildings in Vieux Saint-Eustache (Part 1) – Québec

Saint-Eustache is one of the suburban towns you’ll find off the northwestern tip of the island of Montréal.

Officially established with the construction of a flour mill on the du Chêne river in 1770, the old part of town makes for a lovely afternoon doorscursion with a few dozen well-preserved historic buildings to discover.

We started at this place which was the home of the town’s baker.


The home hasn’t changed much but I don’t think this sign is original 😉


We walked around the side to the actual bakery which is open to visitors on weekends in summer.

You don’t see him here but the older gentleman who runs the place was standing in the door when I was first setting up this shot. I was startled when I heard him call out from the shadows asking me if I liked to take pictures of antiques.

I told him that I did and then he replied “Well I’m right here, so click away!” 😀


The actual retail portion of the bakery is located in a barn out back, where you can buy bread and other goods baked in their original old woodburning oven.


This place dates back to 1860 and aside from the addition of electricity and indoor plumbing has remained unchanged over the years.



This home is also from the 1860’s


I love the fancy decorative detail work.


There’s a huge and rather famous Catholic Church in Vieux Saint Eustache that I’ll save for a future post, but this quaint little Presbyterian church caught my eye as well.


Originally built in the 1840’s and then rebuilt after being partially destroyed by fire in the early 1900’s the building changed vocations in the 1980’s mostly due to a lack of customers.

Understanding its historical significance the city took over the building, then renovated and converted it into a small performance hall.


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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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75 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 4, 2016

  1. restlessjo says:

    Such a pretty place, Norm! 🙂


  2. Corina says:

    Great post. I love old buildings with their charm and intricate work.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. reocochran says:

    The wooden door was so rustic and lovely, with the white flowers and hanging pots of red flowers brightening this home the best, I felt. 🙂

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  4. reocochran says:

    All were beautiful but my favorite is the red, light blue and white country cottage looking door. Your door post is about the fifth one today I arrived late to, Dan and Judy of New England included.
    My work schedule expanded at my Advance Auto warehouse last summer to include Remington, IND and this summer we took on Enfield (one town over from Dan Antion) CT. So, I worked 48 hours this week and 46 last.
    Not complaining: just explaining! Hope you are heading into a great week, Norm. 🙂

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  5. LindaGHill says:

    Small towns in Quebec have such beautiful architecture! Thanks for sharing these, Norm! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Such fabulous facades! 🙂 love the details and the architecture! The use of blue is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  7. Christine says:

    Got my link working. Hope it was ok to post. Slightly different to what everyone else has put 😜

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  8. Christine says:

    I shared some doors with a difference in that link. Hope it’s ok? 😜

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I keep going back and looking at all the details. It never ceases to amaze me all the time put into great architecture.

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  10. tgeriatrix says:

    Wonderful collection!

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  11. Vicky says:

    What a beautiful place… I love the houses and doors..the word curlicue sprang into my mind as I looked at the baker’s house!

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  12. Great post, Norm. The bakery business must have been very lucrative in those days ro own such a house! I really like the barn store door and the barn store itself. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful village, and buildings. I really like the wood sidewalk and wagon wheel entry to the Bakery. It reminds me of the ole west.

    The little blue cottage is lovely, as are the ornate screen doors.

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  14. Candy says:

    I love the detail on those old screen doors

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  15. Helen Bushe says:

    What a post! Amazing doors. Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Helen Jones says:

    Another lovely collection of doors, Norm 🙂 I do love this type of architecture.

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  17. What a beautiful place and such well preserved buildings, Norm. I Iove that blue house with its decorative door screen and beautiful white flowers. Are they Hydrangea?

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  18. Nato says:

    They look like houses that would be in some storybook of fairytales! Love them!

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  19. jesh stg says:

    Talking about decorative! Never seen a boulangerie with all these features:) The blue and white is my favorite. This is so far North, I probably never make it there, so am happy to enjoy the sights of these decorative doors via your lens!

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  20. jan says:

    I love the wagon wheel railings!

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  21. Little Voice says:

    Church doors hold such interest and often intrigue.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      They do indeed, and we have so many of them around here. I try to mix them in with other doors so as not to overload everyone with churches, but I could easily just do church doors once a week for years to come 🙂


  22. Beautiful houses and doors.

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  23. So lovely and clean and bright. Makes me want baguette now! Like the blue and white.

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  24. I love the wildflower lawn! What pretty houses.

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  25. dimlamp says:

    I like the rustic, 1860 unpainted wooden door best.

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  26. Beautiful, non-edibile gingerbread, Norm. I, too, wonder about the bread and baked goods. Did you sample? It’s interesting to me to see the different styles, both in eras and areas.. I love the man’s remark and a “doorscursion” is just what I so often have these days.


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  27. joey says:

    Tellement charm!
    I love this little collection, giving me all the good cottage and cabin vibes 🙂 That’s my kinda thing you know, old, wooden, rustic, charming *sigh* Ever so pretty.
    The details in the trim and the cut-outs are spectacular. Love the baker’s house. Love the tiny siding. Did y’all eat any bread from the boulangerie? I don’t see pictures of that…
    The old church gone perfroming arts is quite nice as well. Good colors and texture with the brick and the doors, right down to the hosta and the walkway.
    Great doors 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Merci Joey 🙂
      I was pleasantly surprised that these cute old homes existed there; until this visit the only thing I knew about Vieux St-Eustache was the big church which is so famous for its acoustics that the Montreal Symphony Orchestra recorded several albums there.
      No-go on the bread. We got there just after lunch and it was a pretty hot day – we didn’t want to walk around feeling stuffed.

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  28. RuthsArc says:

    A lovely collection of historic, detailed, charming buildings. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Suvi says:

    Oh my what a special place. I must say I am in love with the bakery doors (both sides). And those homes with the lacey doors, so cute.

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  30. marianallen says:

    Wonderful gingerbread on those buildings! I lost my concentration on the doors, enjoying all the details and the elegant lines of the structures. The solid stone church made a nice contrast, too. My husband and I are bread heads — so did you buy some bread from the boulangerie? If so, how was it?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian. With all that wonderful old architecture it took me a while to start concentrating on the doors too.
      We didn’t sample the bread. We got there just after lunch so neither of us was very hungry – next time though 🙂

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  31. Nice collection of handsome doors, wonderful gingerbread trim, and who knew screen doors could be so good looking. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I know right? At first I was thinking I can’t shoot these, they’re just screen doors. Then I kinda stepped back and thought about it for a second and realized they’re prettier than a lot of main doors!

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  32. joannesisco says:

    Quebec is so rich with these charming little communities that have lovingly maintained their historical buildings.
    I love the old wooden barn used for the bakery. From the wagon wheels used as railings for the door ramp, to that massive bell on the right of the door … wonderful details. Oh – and the ‘face’ on the left of the door. Cute 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. You’re right, we’re so lucky here that historical places are treated with a certain respect and efforts are made to preserve them. I liked the wagon wheels and little face beside the door too – whoever came up with the idea was having fun I’m sure 🙂

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  33. Dan Hen says:

    Ah door able .

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  34. Dan Antion says:

    This is x beautiful collection Norm. I love the house with the balcony over the front door. Somebody put a lot of love into that house. Whenever I read “church” and “1850-60” I start looking for “destroyed by fire” or partially so. I’m glad they were able to rebuild. Does the bakery in that first photo have a flat roof? I wouldn’t think thier would be popular up there. Thanks for doing the leg work and for sharing these.

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  35. Great collection of doors of all kinds. Gives me a feel for the area with this door tour. Also love that man’s statement — “Well, I’m right here. Click away.” — because I’m feeling more and more antique every day!

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  36. Very elegant doors. I like the round forms, while you ended with those pointed doors of the church. Such a nice contrast.

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