The Church House

Frelighsburg, QC

In collaboration with

dp Espace Design





Back in 2015 the Boivin family discovered the Saint-François-d’Assise church which would become their most audacious project to date. The estate is located in the heart of Frelighsburg in the Monteregie area with a direct access to the Pike River.

Father and son entrepreneurs Pierre and Loïc always strive for new challenges and they could not resist to this opportunity. Together they would restore the two buildings – Pierre would live in the church, and Loïc would move in the presbytery.

A bit over 3 years later, the estate has been converted into two family homes showcasing a brilliant balance between the Gothic Revival architecture and the modern architecture.


Facing a building with a volume of around 40,000 cubic feet without any bulkheads it required a lot of creativity to picture a home between those four walls.

With Nicole focusing on the practicality and Pierre focusing on the architectural and design look of the residence, together they were able to find a pleasant balance between the two.

With the help of their interior designer they succeeded to build a stunning finish while maximizing every corner. One of their main objectives was to maintain and respect the cultural heritage of the site.

Some elements were kept like the Casavant organ, the bell tower and its bell weighting 850 pounds which comes from a foundry in Baltimore, the Canadian style metal roofing, the lancet windows and the original clay bricks. It is safe to say that the Boivin were successfully able to conserve the cultural heritage of the building while adapting it to today’s architecture.

You can also find the new offices and workshop of the family business in the 3-bedroom house.


Home area: 2,500 square feet

Office, workshop and garage area: 1,500 square feet

Design and conception :dp Espace Design

Windows : Fabelta

Kitchen and bathroom vanities : Ébénisterie Gaston Chouinard

Maple wood table, kitchen island and staircase steps : Bolduc & Grégoire Inc. + Les Constructions Boivin

Steel staircase structure and handrails : Soudures Claude Tardif + Les Constructions Boivin

Fireplace : Element4 Bioptica by Cité du Feu

Kitchen countertop : Série Touché by Inalco/Italbec

Steel roof : VicWest

The Constructions Pierre Boivin Inc. team


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Photos : Two Humans