DSC02805 - Château Montebello
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The Fairmont Le Château Montebello or simply Château Montebello is a hotel and resort complex in Montebello, Quebec. The retreat is set in 26,305 hectares (65,000 acres) of a forested wildlife sanctuary and 70 lakes on the shore of the Ottawa River. It is the largest log building in the world.
A special spur from the nearby CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) line had to be built to allow for the transport of red cedar logs and other supplies to the site. Construction and woodworking teams worked in overlapping shifts around the clock using electric lighting at night. The church did not approve of working on the Sabbath; but by coincidence, the local curé was dispatched on an all-expenses paid trip to Rome for two months while the work proceeded apace.
3500 laborers ensured that the project could be completed in four months. The grand opening was on 1 July 1930.
The constructed buildings on the site contain 10,000 logs, 500,000 hand-slit cedar roof shakes and 166 km (103 miles) of wooden moulding.
The log walls are painted black on the outside, but the interiors display the natural beauty of the wood. which was all shipped by rail from British Columbia.
There are 211 guest rooms, including 14 suites, organized in four wings which fan out from the rotunda, with additional wings for the dining room and the ballroom. There are 17 rooms and a total of 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of meeting space available for business purposes.