Thursday Doors – May 4, 2017

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The Old Courthouse – L’Assomption, Québec

On one of the very few nice days we’ve had recently, we took a drive a little further northeast of Montréal in the Lanaudiere region, to investigate some old historic buildings in the town of L’Assomption, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.

If the town name sounds familiar to some of my long-time readers it’s because I have done a few previous posts from this area including skating on the L’Assomption River  and a doors post of the Maison Beaudry.

Though the 2-story field-stone structure is referred to as the Vieux Palais de Justice (the Old Courthouse) it served quite a number of other vocations in its  200+ year history.

It was built in three sections (hence the three doors) with the east portion, on the left in the photo above, being built in 1811-12.

The western portion went up in 1821-22.

And the center section of the building that joined the other two, was done between 1822 and 1832.

During those first years the various parts of the building served at times as family residences, the local county registrars office, a trading counter for the original Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, and a general store.

Major interior renovations were completed in 1860 allowing it to house and properly accommodate the newly formed provincial circuit court for the region as well as the town’s city hall (until 1929) and the local community center until to 1979.

Despite being declared a Provincial Heritage Status building in 1973, the place lay empty and abandoned from 1979 until private investors formed a corporation in 1987 to oversee restoration work that saved the building.

Today the Old L’Assomption Courthouse is a popular location in the region for wedding receptions and other catered events, and is often used in period-piece shoots by movie and TV film crews.

The owners have also turned the courthouse portion of the building’s history into a local event/attraction, offering “Trial Suppers” (similar to interactive style dinner theater) for groups, using the old restored courtroom – complete with judge, jury, and prosecution. Sounds like a fun way to get together to roast a friend or family member celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary.

In my research I found several mentions that somehow in the 1990’s the Old Courthouse acquired a resident ghost. There are fairly frequent reports by employees and patrons noticing odd events such as the music volume changing with no one near the sound system, doors opening or closing with no one nearby, and objects disappearing only to be found in different, totally unrelated parts of the building.

A resident ghost remains to be proven I guess, but for its historical merit and beauty the Old Courthouse has enough charm just as it is.

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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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79 Responses to Thursday Doors – May 4, 2017

  1. reocochran says:

    I love the pale stone which just reminds me of French Provincial era! The turquoise is a lovely color to have in details on this beautiful building. The town celebration of 300 years will be an amazing one, I imagine.
    Norm, it is a late run at last minute comments, but this week not only held busy work schedule but a couple of grandchildren Spring programs in the evening! I call it my *”weekend update!” I hope no one ends up in my spam! Yikes, I see the next topic. . . 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend! 🌸💮🏵

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  2. marianallen says:

    What a lovely building! I love those blue shutters and the arched windows the most. If you hadn’t told me, I’d have sworn that was one building, not two with a third connecting them. Wonderful work! I’m always so glad to hear of a beautiful building preserved or restored. The ghost is a nice touch, too. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful old stone building! I think the windows and doors look great on this old building and it was good thing that they restored it so the ghost will not be homeless 🙂 Enjoyed the history lesson that was provided in your post too!

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  4. This building is lovely and does look like the perfect place for a spring wedding. I love how the shutters contrast so nicely against the brick.

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  5. Nato says:

    What a lovely building! I really like the contrast of the browns and teal-green (?) shutters. It works so well together. I say if the ghost is not scary, good for the place to have some watchful eyes.

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  6. cool building. Although I wouldn’t stay overnight if there is a ghost.

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  7. Dan Antion says:

    I love stone buildings, and this is a beauty, Norm. It’s interesting that they built it in three sections, but added the center section last. I loved reading about the history. I’m not sure I would have wanted to be the contractor that was told “all you have to do is join these two building and make it look like one.” That must have been a challenge of 10,000 little adjustments. They did a great job, and I love that the building has been restored.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. I think the 1st two were done as separate homes with different owners. At some point someone came along and bought up all three lots and decided to merge it all into on structure. Yes, major headaches for the contractor.
      FYI – I visited your post and left a comment yesterday but for some odd reason it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam so you may want to check your spam box to see if it’s there – cheers 🙂

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  8. LucciaGray says:

    I love these stone buildings. They have such a ‘sturdy’ character. Solid and yet ‘earthy’ because the stones are so natural. There are similar buildings in some Spanish towns especially in the north of Spain. Lovely doors and windows too. The symmetry is perfect.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Luccia. As I was walking around this place I thought how it would look right at home in many old villages throughout Europe.
      FYI – I visited your post and left a comment yesterday but for some odd reason it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam so you may want to check your spam box to see if it’s there – cheers

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  9. It didn’t take much for us to fall in love with the doors of the Cotswolds, Norm.

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  10. Thanks for stopping by at my end, so you are also a door lover.

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  11. Vanessa says:

    old stone buildings + doors with cornices + matching shutters = 💛
    Great post, Norm!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Vanessa. It was a fun discovery.
      FYI – I visited your post and left a comment earlier but for some odd reason it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam so you may want to check your spam box to see if it’s there – cheers

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      • Vanessa says:

        Thanks, Norm – I did indeed save your comment from my spam folder. Hope that’s sorted out soon?! Appreciate you taking the time to post a comment. Have a great weekend!

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  12. Christy B says:

    The shutters really brighten the structure!!

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  13. JT Twissel says:

    I love the turquoise accents! It would be a great place for a wedding.

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  14. willowdot21 says:

    Fabulous Photos and glorious sunshine 💖💝💜

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. We just haven’t had much of that sunshine so far this spring, so I’ll take it when I can 🙂
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  15. tildy1 says:

    Lovely post! I decided to join in this week!

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  16. dennyho says:

    More ghost stories…love it! And the tealish, green shutters are perfect against the stone building. What are the “S” shaped metal adornment things attached to the building (visible in the very last pic)? They almost look like out of place shutter hinges. Do you know?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I honestly have no idea what those S shaped iron thingies are and it is driving me to distraction 😀
      I don’t see any practical use for them and as decorative elements…well there kinda weird looking. I’ll keep researching and if I come up with anything I’ll let you know.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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      • dennyho says:

        Funny you should mention this! Just today I have received LOTS of spam. An unusual amount. Wonder what is going on? You were not amongst them.

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        • Norm 2.0 says:

          That’s odd. I always visit and comment on the posts in the link-up list first and I was pretty sure I got to everyone yesterday.
          I’ll swing by and take another look later; perhaps I forgot to comment – cheers 🙂

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  17. jesh stg says:

    What a history! Never got to the dinner theater in the Los Angeles area, but one of these days…!
    Glad this old building is so well preserved!

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  18. Su Leslie says:

    What a beautiful building. I’m glad it has been restored and is in use. Such a waste otherwise.

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  19. joey says:

    I am concerned I may die from charm, Norm. That is a striking facade, I love the shutters and the greenery. And on the stone… oh the stone. It’s so warm and welcoming. Just beautiful.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Oh my, I had no idea charm could be fatal – I guess I better be careful then 😉
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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      • joey says:

        Thank you for bringing that to my attention! I had two in there from you. I do tend to check mine on the weekends. I also go through all the posts in the last week, because inevitably, I didn’t get all the notifications. :/ Glitches.

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  20. Lynn says:

    So good to hear this beautiful building was restored & currently being used. Those Trial Suppers sure sound like a lot of fun!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Lynn. Yes those trial suppers sound like my kind of evening.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  21. LindaGHill says:

    Gorgeous building. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Linda.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  22. I love the stone with that color on the shutters and trim. The vines over the doors are lovely. It is a charmer indeed!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deborah – it was a charming discovery in a lovely little small town not for from us. I’ve got a few more from there up my sleeve for upcoming posts.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  23. Those ‘Trial Suppers’ sound such fun, Norm. What a lovely setting to host an event in.

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  24. carol1945 says:

    I am so glad that this building was saved!! I appreciate not only the photos but your fascinating history lesson. I hope to visit some day.

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  25. The shutters look not so unlike Tuscany, except over here it’s not nearly as orderly. Lovely stone patterns, and the doors, of course.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Manja. Funny you mention Italy, when I first saw this place one of the first thoughts was that it would be right at home in many Italian villages.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  26. Susi Lovell says:

    Just love those stone walls!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Susi – I thought the place was pretty cool.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  27. Sherry Felix says:

    the shutters outdo the doors, which is nice.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Sherry – I agree on those shutters 🙂
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam. I don’t know for how long now – I just noticed it today, so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  28. ianbcross says:

    These doors are far from GHASTLY. What a great idea, to have a legal version of a dinner show. My doors are all wrecks this week. Tootle pip!

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  29. Great building! I love the teal colour of the window surrounds and shutters against the old stone. It is very beautiful and the textures are wonderful. The ‘trial theatre’ sounds quite inventive – as well as the resident ghost!

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  30. Suvi says:

    Such an interesting building and I love the idea of a resident ghost! The door looks very inviting with the flowers above it 😊

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Suvi – thought the flowers were a nice touch too.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam, so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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  31. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love stone buildings and this one is no exception. I do find it odd that they would build the centre piece last … wouldn’t the connection of the 2 buildings be more difficult than simply building one extension after another? What’s interesting is that they seem to have got the dimensions perfect!
    Nice touch to have flowers above the doors 🙂

    It’s funny that we both have ghosts this week. Is the otherworld at work today? 😉

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. Think the 1st two were built as separate homes hence the space between them, and then someone came along and bought up all three lots and decided to make one big building out of it all. Yes, MUCH more complicated to do.
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam, so you may want to check your spam box while I try to get this sorted out.

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  32. This is a perfect example of why you are the ‘Fearless Leader’ of Thursday Doors. Wonderful, beautiful building with an amazing history, Norm. Perfect for Thursday Doors. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for the kind words Judy 🙂
      FYI it seems that WordPress has flagged my comments on other blogs as spam, so you may want to check your spam box while I get this sorted out.

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