La maisonduCalvet in Montreal’s Old Port has been a hotel owned by GaëtanTrottier's family for over 50 years, but now Trottier is ready to part with it.
The hotel and two adjacent buildings are all owned by Trottier. All three are considered heritage buildings and one of them was home to Montreal's first mayor, Jacques Viger.
Those buildings are on the market for $9.5 million.
Trottier says no one has made a serious offer, something he blames on the high taxes and cost of maintaining centuries-old buildings.
“It’s a lot of work,” he says. “Normally a businessman doesn’t want to be bothered by all those details of preservation and patrimonial artifacts.”
He’s calling for more subsidies for owners of heritage buildings in Montreal and Quebec City.
He would also be open to the city buying the buildings.
Dinu Bumbaru, policy director for Heritage Montreal, says that might be the best option.
“Can it be left only to a private operator? Probably not,” he said.
Either way, Trottier says he hopes the building will remain open to the public.
“The house is very magical. When you come into the house, you feel a particular atmosphere. It’s like a person and you feel it.
Trottier hopes to sell the building by next spring.