Chateau Montebello: One of the Oldest Timber Structures in North America

We just came back from this year’s International Log Builders Conference. This year was the 42nd annual conference and was held at the Chateau Montebello – Montebello, Quebec, Canada. The Chateau Montebello is celebrating over 85 years in the community and is one of the oldest Timber structures and largest full scribe log structures in North America. Constructing this now hotel, took over 10,000 logs and 500,000 hand-slit roof shanks.

There are many stunning features but the grandest of them all is the fireplace and lobby area.  This fireplace centrepiece is shaped in hexagon with a 6-sided stone chimney rising more than 20 meters (66 feet) from floor to ceiling. Soaring above are some incredible rafters stretching 18 meters, (60 feet) in length.montebello-interior

Standing outside the building you not only admire the craftsmanship, but appreciate the labour and hours that went into this building back in the 1920’s and 30’s during its construction.

Montebello is any log home builders dream to live. The community is extremely passionate about timber with numerous other structures in the area. Montebello has often been referenced as the log home capital of the world and after spending a few days in the area we can see why.

Just recently a local regulation was passed requiring every new municipal and public structure to have a portion of it built out of logs. It will be interesting to see how much the community grows and builds further structures to attract tourism and builders alike.

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