Winter Prison

The Winter Street Old Prison of Sherbrooke is located in Sherbrook’s downtown (Jacques Cartier borough).

This tourist Attraction and heritage Site is a unique architectural complex, being the oldest stone structure in Sherbrooke and the city’s third oldest public building. Besides, its stone fence penitentiary wall is unique in Quebec.

Visits of the north wing and the rear jail’s courtyard are possible.

A historical hall and an Arts Center have been open in the north wing of the building, where visitors can admire exhibits of original works of art conveyed through a number channels of expression, such as music, sculpture, painting, horticulture, inventions, culinary arts, etc. The Old Prison was built between 1865 and 1867 by Charles Cote, following the plans of architect Frederic Preston Rubidge it the Palladian-type structure, thus an Italian Renaissance Style developed in the 1500s.

Its features include a pedimented portico, a symmetrical design and a hipped roof Source of the photo: (photo by Michel Gagnon)

Address of the Old Winter Prison:

271 Winter Street Society for the preservation of Sherbrooke’s old prison

Phone: 819 846-6382

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