John Egan House

161 Principale

John Egan's son-in-law era

This drawing, which appeared in Canadian Illustrated News in 1890, shows the house occupied by W.R. Thistle, the son-in-law of John Egan, as it appeared at the time.

Changes over time

The exterior of the house changed again a few years later. After first losing its balcony, it lost its magnificent front porch.


Nowadays, the building houses a school.

Text Version

This house, known at the time as Mount Pleasant, was one of the most beautiful in the region, a true reflection of the splendour of the historic city of Aylmer. It was built for John Egan, Aylmer’s largest lumber merchant, and one of its most significant figures. Originally from Ireland, John Egan made his fortune in Canada, and was elected as the first Mayor of Aylmer in 1847, a position he held until 1855, at the same time serving as a member of Quebec’s legislative assembly. He died in 1857 after contracting cholera while on a trip to Quebec City for a meeting of that assembly.

This Georgian style house was built in 1840 of cut stone and oak paneling on the interior walls. John Egan received some important figures there, including the Prince of Wales during his visit to Canada, and the Governor General, Lord Elgin. The inside of the house had 10 bedrooms, each with a marble sink, and hand-painted ceilings, an oval room with a fireplace and a ballroom.

After changing hands several times after his death, the house and the land were sold in 1937 to the congregation of Redemptorist Fathers, who built a seminary behind the house.

Extract of
Old Aylmer Historical Tour

Old Aylmer Historical Tour image circuit

Presented by : Musée de l'Auberge Symmes et l'Association du Patrimoine d'Aylmer

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