Sir Frederick Haldimand and the Chateau, Quebec
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1972-26-406
C.W. Jefferys' notes about this picture from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 2
In 1784, a year before his departure, Governor Haldimand began the construction of a new edifice to be used for balls, levees and official receptions. It was situated farther back from the brink of the cliff overlooking the river where stood the earlier building known as the Chateau St. Louis, the residence of the Governors. One of the curtains of the fort constructed by Frontenac in 1693 served as the exterior wall of the lower storey of the new building, which was not finished until 1787. In December of that year Governor Dorchester and his family took up their residence in this building, while the Chateau St. Louis was occupied by Government offices. Thereafter the Chateau Haldimand, besides being the domicile of the Governor, was the building wherein the official balls, dinners and public receptions took place, as originally intended, its rooms being large and sumptuous, especially its reception hall, which was said to have contained the most beautiful parquet floor in Canada.
- Jefferys, Charles W. (1945) The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 2, p.34