Item 002 - Brompton Pulp and Paper Co. Inc. office in Garthby

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Brompton Pulp and Paper Co. Inc. office in Garthby

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CA ETRC P998-2022-061-002

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1 photograph : b&w.

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Noël Lemay was born on December 25, 1890 in Garthby. He is the son of Pierre Lemay (d. 1899) and Arthémise Lepage (d. 1923).

In 1899, the family home in Garthby burned down following a large fire that also destroyed almost a third of the village of Garthby. Noël's family emigrated to the United States. Noël studied in East Hampton (Massachusetts, USA) from 1899 to 1904. His stay in East Hampton allowed him to study in English, but also to visit Boston and to discover many facets of American culture, notably the abundance of visual arts and photography. He became perfectly bilingual, which eventually opened many doors for him.

Noël married Marie-Louisa (Lauza) Campeau on July 17, 1916. They had 15 children, one of whom died at birth and another in his first year of life.

Noël was the local administrator for the Brompton Pulp and Paper Company from 1917 to 1930. Due to the Great Depression of 1929, the Brompton Pulp and Paper Company closed its Garthby office in 1930. Noël and his family moved to Bishopton. Noel worked for Mr. Sydney Bishop's casket making business there.

In the 1940's, Noël and his family moved to Ville Saint-Laurent (Montreal).
There, Noël worked for an architect for a few years. His mandates led him to design architectural details, and furniture, ornaments and decorations in large stores in Montreal.

He died on September 2, 1967 in Ville Saint-Laurent at the age of 76. His wife Lauza died in February 1976 in Montreal.

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This is a picture of the Brompton Pulp and Paper office in Garthby (now Beaulac-Garthby). The building is on one level and relatively small. The walls are covered with wooden slats. The soffit is decorated with two rows of small vertical elements called "dentils". The upper corners where the walls meet are decorated with "triglyphs" and "drops" at their base. The façade has a gallery whose roof covers the entire width of the building. The gallery opens on the left and on the right. The roof of the gallery is supported by four columns equally distributed from left to right. The two columns at the left and right ends are square and topped with a simple abacus. The two columns in the center are round and curved, the lower part being more domed than the upper part; they are surmounted by four Ionic-style volutes. The façade of the gallery is covered with horizontal boards. A panel equivalent to about 15% of the width of the gallery is fixed in the center of its façade. The year of construction of this building, 1920, is indicated by raised numerals. A sign on the front edge of the roof covers 90% of its width. It reads "BROMPTOM PULP & PAPER CO. in capital letters.

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Paul Lemay, grandson of Noël Lemay.


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