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The Paper Castle: 1902

The Paper Castle: 1902

Circa 1902. "Sulphite paper mill and old blockhouse. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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From the Sault Ste. Marie city website, on the Clergue Blockhouse: “In 1894, American entrepreneur Francis Hector Clergue purchased the land and all its holdings including the abandoned powder magazine, which was the only viable building remaining on the old HBC [Hudson Bay Company] property. Clergue liked the location of this property given its close proximity to his pulp and paper mill. Clergue added the finishing touches; by building a wall in the middle of the room to divide the magazine into two parts. The back room was used as a kitchen and the front was used for a reception area. Clergue pierced the walls and put windows in to allow natural light to enter the building. The upper storey is comprised of solid cedar logs that are of a thickness great enough to support the living quarters of a cantilevered architectural style.” In 1996, the blockhouse was moved to the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site.

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