The Old Quebec building that houses l’Hôtel Jardin Sainte-Anne was built in stones around 1815 for the navigator Joseph Belisle, and had only one floor.
The piece of land had been conceded in 1779 to the Master-carpenter Charles Auclair by the Quebec Ursulines. From 1816 to 1845, it belonged has Jean-Baptiste Larue, land-surveyor-geometer for the City of Old Quebec.
He added a second floor, probably shortly after having acquired it. With its stone walls rough-cast and its roof with two slopes, bored attic windows and confined by stilted firewalls, the building resembled then the traditional type of the urban house.
With the years, the house underwent multiple transformations.
Towards the end of the XIXe century, the old stone square was capped with a mansard roof and, in 1927, when the residence up to that point one-family is converted into a rooming house, this French style roof was replaced by a third floor with a flat roof.
It is in 1946 that was built the extension which still currently remains in the backyard of our Old Quebec City hotel.
Since its transformation into a hotel in 1956, when Arthur Doyon acquires it, the house did not undergo major modifications. Inside, the fireplaces, some walled windows and some interior divisions are interesting traces testifying of the initial organization of Jean-Baptiste Larue’s house.