The City of St. Therese gave on January 28, a $ 20,000 grant to Marcel Desjardins and Madeleine Larose Desjardins, owners of 10, rue Saint-Charles. They thus reached the maximum amount offered by the Heritage Building Renovation Grant Program for their work.
The amount granted was used to cover part of the costs for the replacement of the membrane and the sheet metal covering of the roof, the enlargement of a heritage window in the side yard and the repair of the chimney. All of these renovations have been carried out in such a way as to retain the same cachet as when the house was built 125 years ago.
“In Sainte-Thérèse, we are fortunate to have a large number of heritage buildings, contributing to the reputation of the city in the region. However, these require much more attention than contemporary buildings in order to keep their original characteristics. Thus, I am very proud to see citizens, like the Desjardins, who are also involved in the conservation of their homes, ”said the mayor of Sainte-Thérèse, Ms. Sylvie Surprenant.
A little history of 10, rue Saint-Charles
The magnificent Victorian-style house located at the intersection of rue Saint-Charles and rue de l’Eglise is without a doubt an emblem of Sainte-Thérèse. Anyone who ventures into the Village will inevitably notice the imposing century-old house and its remarkable architectural components.
Also called The House of Doctor Avila Larose, this building housed the doctor’s office in 1925, who devotedly practiced family medicine there for many years. In addition to working, Dr. Larose raised his seven children there. In 1984, the youngest of the family, Madeleine Larose, became the owner and in 2012 with her husband Marcel Desjardins, undertook the restoration of the house. Today, it is still inhabited by the owners on the ground floor and the second floor has been converted into two separate dwellings.
In February, the City of Sainte-Thérèse identified the eligible buildings and launched this subsidy program totaling $ 300,000, aimed at the preservation and enhancement of heritage buildings and their original characteristics. To date, the owners of buildings meeting the criteria can receive between 25% and 50% of the value of the renovations carried out, up to a maximum of $ 20,000, for the completion of work on walls, roofs, doors and windows, and architectural details and projections of their residence.