The history of Château Pierrefonds

In 1902, notary Joseph-Adolphe Chauret built a large residence in Sainte-Geneviève de Pierrefonds. The architecture of this residence is a “replica” of the Château de Pierrefonds in Picardie, France. In 1940, Mr. Louis-Pierre Lemonnier bought the house and transformed it into a pastry shop. In 1960, Mme Pauline Potvin-White transformed this imposing residence into a pediatric center and nursing school. Many people still remember it today, and know many of the children who were born here. In 1987, in search of a home for his aging parents, Mr. Alfred Laplante purchased this prestigious residence and transformed it into a 17-room retirement home. In 1991, Mr. Laplante built an extension and the residence became a 55-room home. On a bitterly cold winter's night, February 22, 1993, a gigantic fire destroys the entire residence. Château Pierrefonds was slowly rebuilt, respecting as far as possible its original appearance. A year later, on February 1, 1994, Alfred Laplante and his daughter Monique proudly reopened Château Pierrefonds with 63 rooms. In 2003, Alfred Laplante's life came to a tragic end when the plane he was on crashed on his way to a fishing trip in Labrador. Château Pierrefonds is now run by Monique and Pierre Laplante, Mr. Laplante's children. Under the direction of the two, brother and sister, this second generation, with fresh ideas and high expectations, Château Pierrefonds is blossoming.

In 2004, Château Pierrefonds received two Roses d'Or, the ultimate distinction, awarded at the time by the FADOQ.  In 2007, Château Pierrefonds became the first seniors' residence in Quebec to be certified, and in 2012, FADOQ once again honored Château Pierrefonds with 5 seals for the “Qualité Logi-être” program, the highest distinction awarded under this quality control program.

Since 2003, Château Pierrefonds has undergone extensive renovation work, including all bathrooms, activity rooms, the dining room and more.  In 2013, Château Pierrefonds completed its biggest expansion project ever, going from 63 to 118 rooms.  Among these 118 rooms, two special units of 12 rooms each have been created for residents suffering from dementia such as Alzheimer's disease: Pavillon Alfred Laplante and Oasis.

Le 30 mai 2019 a été une date mémorable pour l’équipe du Château Pierrefonds.  It was on this date that Château Pierrefonds won two trophies at the West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce's Accolades 2019 competition. This annual competition celebrates excellence and leadership among West Island businesses.  Château Pierrefonds in the “Consumer Services” and “Francisation” categories.

No doubt the future of Château Pierrefonds will be just as exciting.  This fast-growing company has a motivated and ambitious team.

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