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Chateau Frontenac

Beaubois serves up its best Château Frontenac in Québec City

In its role as an architectural woodwork specialist, Ébénisterie Beaubois took part in the most extensive renovation in the history of the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. As a result of an investment of close to $75 M in modernization and revitalization work, this Québec landmark has strengthened its position among the best hotels in the world.

New styles were introduced with a more modern, sometimes European, feeling that works well with the historic details and materials of this 1893 building. The program involved the renovation of 618 guest rooms, enlargement of the Fairmont Gold concierge floors, and the addition of meeting spaces, a spa and health centre, and two new restaurant-bars.

Beaubois particularly distinguished itself in the restaurant domain. Two contemporary designs were introduced to supplement the refreshed tradition of the Le Champlain restaurant: the chic Le Sam bistro and the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar. The latter's bar is curved, just like the other's, but has an integrated rounded brass armrest moulded in one piece, a design challenge and a unique element. This bar and that of Le Sam, Beaubois' masterpieces, are also ornamented with glass and marble. Other works include wall panels, banquettes, counters and two mantelpieces. Beaubois' signature is also evident in the enormous Dufferin room's wall panels, brass buffet tables and trims decorated with brass brackets.

One of the interesting aspects of Beaubois' mandate was the integration of brass into its pieces. Unusually, brass represented 25% of the value of the company's architectural woodwork contract. This elegant material is rarely used, having been supplanted as a favourite by stainless or painted steel in recent years.

The most-photographed hotel in the world, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac overlooks Old Québec, the historic neighbourhood that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Beaubois team was proud to help give new sparkle to this jewel which will continue to shine for a long time on the top of Cap Diamant, a beacon for visitors from all over the world.

A piece of history

In the late 19th century, William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, began building the hotel as the ideal stopover for CP travelers. Van Horne retained the services of New York architect Bruce Price, whose portfolio included Montreal's Windsor Station. Drawing on the architectural styles of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Price immortalized the history of the two great powers that had occupied Quebec City's highest promontory.
Famous guests from around the world who have stayed at Le Château Frontenac include King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco, Chiang-Kai-Shek, Charles de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan, François Mitterrand, Prince Andrew, Charles Lindberg and Alfred Hitchcock.

In 1944, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac was the scene of the Quebec Conferences of World War II, which involved U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

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