Duke of Kent House (Maison Kent), Quebec City

Duke of Kent House (Maison Kent), Quebec City

Duke of Kent House (Maison Kent) stands at the intersection of the Saint-Louis Street and Haldimand, tucked behind the renowned Château Frontenac in Quebec City. It owes its name to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, one of its notable residents. Despite undergoing various alterations over the years, a significant portion of its foundations and the first-floor walls harken back to around 1650, rendering it one of Quebec City's oldest, if not the oldest, dwellings. In 1759, the Articles of Capitulation of Quebec were signed within its walls, marking a pivotal moment in its history. Since 1819, the building has seen minimal structural changes and, from 1980 to 2015, it served as the French Consulate.

Constructed towards the close of the 17th century by the Chartier de Lotbinière family, Kent House is an integral part of the city's historical heritage. Its significance extends beyond its venerable architecture, encompassing the rich history of the numerous individuals who inhabited it over the years. Across generations, approximately thirty historical figures have played a role in shaping the history of both the city and the province of Quebec, contributing to the evolution of French-Canadian society through debates and struggles. This site, steeped in historical memory, has consistently served as a link between Quebec and France throughout its existence.

Designated as a Historic Monument by the Government of Quebec since 1952, it holds a pivotal place in the Old Quebec district, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

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Sight Name: Duke of Kent House (Maison Kent)
Sight Location: Quebec City, Canada (See walking tours in Quebec City)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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