Collège Villa Marie , Montreal - Quebec - Historic Places Days

Collège Villa Marie , Montreal – Quebec

Montréal, Québec
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4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3K4, Canada
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Collège Villa Marie

Monkland Village

Notre Dame de Grace, Montreal

Founded 1854.

National Historic Site of Canada, 1951


Villa Maria is a subsidized private Catholic co-educational high school in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, offering instructions on both the French and English languages.

The central building of Villa Maria ‘Monklands’, built in 1804 for Sir James Monk.

The central part of the Villa Maria school is known as the Monklands  Mansion and was the home of the Governor General of Canada from 1844 to 1849.

In 1795, James Monk, Chief Justice of Lower Canada, purchased an estate in Montreal that had previously belonged to the Décarie family. The first Monk residence, built in 1803, was the central section of the present-day Villa Maria.

Sir James Monk willed the property known as ‘Monklands’ to his niece, Elizabeth Ann Monk. In 1844, the family leased Monklands to the Crown as a residence for the Governor General of Canada. Modifications were made to create a more imposing residence.

Three Governors General—Sir Charles Metcalfe, Lord Cathcart, and Lord Elgin—resided at Monklands. When Elgin occupied the house, British extremists threatened to burn the structure down after Elgin signed a bill that helped those of the French whose homes had been burnt down during British raids by granting them money to reestablish themselves. However, because Lady Elgin was pregnant at the time, the rebels decided to burn down the parliament building in Montreal, instead. Soon, Lady Elgin gave birth to a son, Victor Bruce, the future Viceroy of India, in a second floor room. When the capital of the Province of Canada moved from Montreal, Monklands was turned into a country hotel that operated for five years.

Monklands is one of the oldest remaining Palladian-style villas in Canada. Because of its excellent state of conservation and the historic importance of its various occupants, it was declared a National Historic Site in 1951.

Villa Maria

There are roughly 950 students in the French sector and 800 students in the English sector with an average class size of 34 students.

Current tuition as of the 2021–2022 school year is $4,500 with $1,900 in extra mandatory fees.

Formerly a girls’ school, it was open, beginning August 2016, to boys in the seventh grade. Between 2016 and 2020, the integration of boys was gradual, with current girls-only classes staying girls-only. This change was speculated to be a means of boosting enrolment, due to decreased numbers of eligible students entering the anglophone stream.


Collège Villa-Maria  – 2008

Le projet d’aménagement de la nouvelle cour intérieure du collège Villa-Maria s’inscrit dans le cadre de la construction d’un nouveau pavillon, situé à l’arrière du bâtiment historique de l’école.

Le site est situé dans un vaste parc boisé, sur le flanc ouest du mont Royal. On trouve en son cœur la maison Monk, déclarée patrimoniale par le Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

Le nouvel aménagement est un espace minéral niché entre les bâtiments historiques et contemporains qui forment le campus. L’entrée principale du nouveau pavillon se fait par la cour. Celle-ci dessert également les accès de services du collège. Le projet prend la forme d’un espace longitudinal dans lequel des jeux de pavages viennent marquer les entrées aux bâtiments et la maison Monk. La proposition inclut des pierres récupérées du bâtiment historique et met ce dernier en valeur par un lit de plantation arbustif constitué principalement d’hydrangées. Des bacs de plantation inclinés, à la fois bancs et zones de détente gazonnées, sont adossés au nouveau pavillon. La phase 2 du projet a vu les secteurs asphaltés de la cour être recouverts de Végécol, un enduit à base végétale contenant les agrégats de pierre naturelle.


  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access


4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3K4, Canada
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