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Location DB > Canada > Quebec > Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies > Bouchard et Frère Tanneurs (The Tannery)
Bouchard et Frère Tanneurs (The Tannery)
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created by nel58 on 11/5/2005 3:29 AM
last modified by nel58 on 5/22/2020 4:21 PM
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A small group of three buildings (many more but "glued"together )with an historical value,as for the kind of business than for the architecture.All of this in a magnificent landscape in a magnificent region...With a high patrimonial potential.
 Basic Information
Type: Group of buildings
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
852, de la Seigneurie (route 132)
Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Quebec
Owner: Pascal Boucher
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  •  Hazards
  • stinging nettle all over.. very painful !, watch your step : there's poop all over the place
  •  Interesting Features
    Sitting on the St-Lawrence river...a beautiful site...A lot of old machines,outside and inside,a mixture of old (20's) and modern (80's)technology.
    Almost every building (except for the office one) is completely covered with metal hiding all the architecture that can still be seen from the inside...
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • metal covering,very close neighbours,busy road and difficult to "hide" a car
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 1998
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • a lot of time.....
  •  Recommended Equipment
    It started as a small tannery in Mr Thomas Bouchard house in 1920..Slowly they spread , adding parts to the house. Around 1935,the sons join their father then name the tannery"Bouchard et frère" en 1941.Their speciality were harnesses,halters,straps (everything for the working horses) and school bags.When the machinery replaced horses in agriculture,all the tanneries had to change vocation.A lot of them died while others opened their fields...hand bags,fancy belts,shoes,boots etc,expanding and using bigger machinery.At one point,the tannery was sold to "les entreprises Boucher" sometime after 1982 and before 1996,year that the tannery moved to St-Pascal with a branch in Ville St-Laurent.The grand-son of Thomas Bouchard still has a leather workshop in the vincinity..I am still waiting for infos about all the major changes throughout the life of this leather place.

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     Future Plans
    It seems that the present owner is waiting for a grant or any "help" for decontamination (as a tannery is highly
    pollutant).Condos or/and a small museum and/or a "resort" are on the future plans' table...

    Update 2020 : After many thoughts for museum and interpretation centers.. but a total lack of good will, vision and money, plus 25 years of neglect resulted in the condemnation of that wonderful perfect place. It's now under demolition. It could have been an extraordinary historical museum of hancraft of patrimonial immaterial high interest.

    A book is being made by historians about this tannery, to be out this autumn. Will be very interesting

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     Photo Galleries
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    1)Exterior and shed Aug.4th.05
    Sat, Nov 5th, 2005
    posted by nel58
    26 pictures
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    2)The side building,Aug.4th.05
    Sat, Nov 5th, 2005
    posted by nel58
    18 pictures
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    3) The white building Aug.4th.05
    Sat, Nov 5th, 2005
    posted by nel58
    33 pictures
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    4)Street building Aug.8th.05 1am
    Sat, Nov 5th, 2005
    posted by nel58
    42 pictures
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    5) 3 Years Later:Just Passing by
    Mon, Oct 27th, 2008
    posted by nel58
    7 pictures
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    Kids @ Play : DChick & Backpakker
    Sat, Nov 29th, 2008
    posted by desertchick
    11 pictures

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     Latest Changes
  • on May 22 20 at 20:20, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 22 20 at 16:42, nel58 made this location public
  • on May 22 20 at 16:34, nel58 updated gallery picture zab.JPG
  • on May 22 20 at 16:23, nel58 updated gallery 1)Exterior and shed Aug.4th.05
  • on May 22 20 at 16:22, nel58 made this location private
  • on May 22 20 at 16:21, nel58 changed the following: Publically Viewable, History, Year Closed, Status, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Web Links
  • on May 9 18 at 13:48, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 9 18 at 8:44, vinsky changed the following: Owner
  • on Dec 20 16 at 8:40, Emperor Wang validated this location
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