Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site of Canada
The Greenhouse Tower
© Parks Canada / Luce Savard / 2002
Landmarks and symbols of Canadian identity, national historic sites of Canada
are first and foremost dedicated to commemoration. Each site has his own
significance and contributes, in its own way, to the commemoration of Canadian
History. The commemorative intent of a historic site, i.e. the element to
be commemorated specifically on the site, is closely connected with the special
features that cause its national significance to be recognized and which,
in the final analysis, justify its existence as part of the system of national
historic sites. Generally speaking, the commemorative intent of a site is
defined on the basis of the recommendations of the Historic Sites and Monuments
Board of Canada (HSMBC) 1.
The commemorative intent of the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site of Canada
has been defined as follows :
"The Manoir Papineau National Historic Site of Canada principally commemorates
Louis-Joseph Papineau and architectural significance of his manor house, as
a reflection of his social ambitions, tastes and personality.
It also bears witness to the man who, after leaving the political stage, devoted his entire
life to the construction of an ideal domain and the management of his seigneurie at La Petite-Nation.
Finally, it recalls the role of the Papineau family in constituting the domain."
1. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada is an apolitical organization
responsible for advising the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the commemoration
of Canada's history.