Convent complex of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph
201 Avenue des Pins West
Tel. : 514 849-2919
For more information, please visit the Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal website:
Discovering the convent complex of the
Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph,
the pioneers of health care in Montreal
In the late 18th century, the industrial expansion of Montreal caused a spurt in population growth. By the 19th century the Hôtel-Dieu, founded on May 17, 1642 by Jeanne Mance, the first lay nurse and cofounder of Montreal, was no longer adequate to house the city’s sick in its premises in Old Montreal. The Congregation of the Religious Hospitallers of
St. Joseph, who had taken over from Jeanne Mance, decided to move on to the spacious property it owned at the foot of Mount Royal, as the land offered more space and convenience and the air was healthier.
For the next hour, we invite you to visit the convent complex of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. One of the starting points for the vibrant district of the Plateau Mont-Royal, this property, where construction began in 1859, witnessed the birth of this neighbourhood that developed around its monastery, chapel and hospital. You will discover a community that strongly influenced the development of its surroundings, and meet individuals who left their mark on the history of Montreal, like Jeanne Mance, Victor Bourgeau and artist Claude Théberge.
This visit includes 19 audio stops. Please click on the button in the right-hand corner at the top of this page to download the file containing the podcast. You can then transfer the file to your portable MP3 player.
We also invite you to download and print the accompanying flyer. It contains directions to the complex, the list of audio stops, and diagrams of the convent complex and the interior of the chapel.
We invite you to discover the convent complex of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, the pioneers of health care in Montreal!
© Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec, February 2010.
* Any reproduction or dissemination in print or multimedia format, or on Web sites other than this one, is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please note that the entrance to the chapel is unfortunately not accessible to people with limited mobility.
People with hearing impairment may enjoy the visit by downloading the full text of the virtual tour of the convent complex of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph.
This project was made possible by the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, as part of the Programme de soutien à la diffusion du patrimoine montréalais.
Credits and acknowledgement
Research and writing:
Marie-Claude Ravary, Project Manager, Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec
Dominique Trudeau, Head of Education and Animation, Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
We would like to express our sincere thanks to our generous collaborators:
Louise Verdant, Director, Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
Sister Nicole Bussières, r.h.s.j., Archivist, iconographic research
Laurier Lacroix, Art Historian
Paul Racine, Art Historian
Beaupré et Michaud, architectes
Pierre Grandmaison, Organist at the Basilica of Notre-Dame of Montreal
Beate Stock, Art Historian, National Gallery of Canada
Valérie Couet-Lannes, Research Officer, Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec
Audio recording and production: Anne-Marie Dupras
Voices: Jocelyne Denault (narrator), Christopher Jackson,
Siamois graphisme (publication)
Rivest et associés (multimedia)
Linguistic revision: Belle Page
Translation: Jill Corner