The City Hall

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Presentation of the City Hall

The old city hall was built in 1890 during the term of Mayor Joseph-Sergius Archambault. Initially, the front of the building was not facing the Mille-Îles River, as it is today, but rather facing Sainte-Marie Street. The building included the boardroom and the municipal office, but also the pump station, the community hall and a public market. The market was set up in the front of Sainte-Marie Street and was used by local farmers who came to sell their produce to the village.
Located close to the Limoges factory, the former town hall is one of the first victims of the 1922 fire.

Terrebonne obtains the necessary funds for its reconstruction much later, in 1931.

Question #6


1) Terrebonne citizens.
2) Members of the City Council.
3) Traders in the public square.
4) The unemployed affected by the economic crisis of 1929.

Answer and Explanation - Question #6

4) The unemployed affected by the economic crisis of 1929.

On October 29th 1929, the New York Stock Exchange collapsed. Shares price are exceptionally low, encouraging people to buy them on credit, eager to make a profit when the shares will go back up. But they never do, which plunges North Americans and Europeans into what will be called the Great Crash of 1929. Overnight, tens of thousands of people lose their assets and find themselves on the street. In Quebec, the crisis will have a major impact for a decade, while the unemployment rate reaches a record-breaking of 27%. The people of Terrebonne will not escape this fate.

Several government decisions are made to lead Quebec out of this dark period. The Unemployment Relief Act, which involves a partnership with the federal government to start the construction of various public projects, providing jobs to Quebec citizens, especially to fathers of large families. Many of Terrebonne’s unemployed citizens are assigned to the reconstruction of the town hall, which ends in 1931.

At that time, the government distributes aid in the form of vouchers redeemable for food, housing and clothing. In the fall of 1931, believing the system to be too restrictive, the Liberal government of Louis-Alexandre Taschereau replaces coupons with checks. It will be the first form of social welfare in Quebec.

Around you is the park known as "Les Jardins Vitré". This is the subject of the next question...

Question #7


1) To honor a city of France.
2) In honor of the former owner of the land, Mr. Vitré.
3) For a long time, there was a small glasshouse incorporating an edible garden erected in this place.
4) In honor of one of the contributors to the reconstruction of the City Hall, Mr. Vitré.

Answer and explanation - Question #7

1) To honor a city of France.

Since 1983, Terrebonne has been twinned with the city of Vitré in France. To highlight the similarities between these two communities, residents of Terrebonne and Vitré visit each other and develop relationships. This park was renamed “Les Jardins Vitré" on the 25th anniversary of the twinning between the two cities.

Extract of
The Tale of Vieux-Terrebonne

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Presented by : Tourisme des Moulins
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