Château Beauce de Sainte-Marie will be protected as a property of heritage interest.
This was announced on Friday by the Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy, saying she wanted to preserve its historical, architectural and landscape values.
The site of Château Beauce is also covered by this classification under the Cultural Heritage Act.
The building was inhabited at the beginning of the XXe century by the notary and businessman Georges-Siméon Théberge as well as by his partner, the notary Ernest Larue, according to the details provided by press release.
“Located near the church, in the heart of the village core of Sainte-Marie, the residence is intended to be a testimony to their success and their place in local and regional society”, it was mentioned, speaking of the two. notaries.
Château Beauce became the property of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception just before the end of World War II in 1944, and was then transformed into a closed retreat center for women.
In 1967, the Oblates of Bethany bought it to make it a monastery. Sick or retired nuns from the community stayed there until 2014.
“It is important to act today to preserve buildings that recall the history of Sainte-Marie,” said Minister Roy. It is therefore for the sake of preserving them that I am proceeding today with the classification of Château Beauce and its site, in the hope that a new vocation in the near future can enhance them. ”
Over the past two years, the Legault government says it has classified 17 heritage properties across the Belle Province.