© Jacques Lebleu, SHAC, May 2021.
La maison du Pressoir (the cider press house) is one of the very few remaining examples of stone half-timbered architecture in North America. This building technique used a frame of spaced beams of wood whose gaps were later filled in with stones. The load-bearing walls were thus very thick.
Renovations by the City of Montreal to give the building its initial volume back necessitated the demolition of nearly a third of its surface. The exterior finish of the section closest to the river seemed to indicate that this was in fact a later addition.
Located at 10865 Du Pressoir Street, the house became an exhibition and cultural centre on the history and heritage of Sault-au-Récollet. For opening hours, call 514 280-6778.
This house is classified as a heritage building. This classification applies to both the interior and exterior of the building, as well as the surrounding plot.
The cider press house is part of a protected area.
Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec (Québec’s cultural heritage directory).