One of a Kind

Built in 1971, the house at 1090 Avenue du Phare Ouest, Matane was designed by architect Maurice Bouchard. Asked to design a single family home, the architect opted for a Spanish Revival-style residence.

Traditionally, Spanish Revival refers to an eclectic architectural style commonly seen in southwest USA that is not defined by strict rules, but rather is an amalgamation of elements of Colonial Spanish, Moorish and Mediterranean styles. It is also sometimes called Spanish Eclectic.
Although the architect clearly included many aspects of the Spanish Revival style (white stucco exterior, wooden beams, inclined eaves, faux wooden lintels over windows, and wrought iron courtyard doors), he also applied principles from 20th-century modernism, including abundant fenestration (in particular on the northern side of the property), flat roofs, an absence of semicircle openings and arches (despite these being plentiful in the Spanish Revival style), a wooden pergola, a monumental split-level entryway, and a double garage.

The property displays a skillful adaptation of the Spanish Revival style by replacing red tiles with Douglas fir shake roofing and by using the same variety of wood for the window frames.
The interior design presents detail-rich, large spaces with gilded doorways and windows, referencing the Spanish style. Located on a slightly sloped lot, the lower level’s windows look out on the upper half of the rear wall, creating unusual lighting and providing guests with unobstructed views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets.

The inclusion of elements such as a service stairwell, wine cellar and bar are further evidence that this property was designed to be comfortable, modern and a cut above the rest.
The courtyard at the front of the property surrounded by a white stucco wall—characteristic of the Spanish Revival style—creates a surprisingly peaceful space. The southwest-facing patio and the mature vegetation protecting it from prevailing winds create a pleasant microclimate in the summer months, with sweeping waterfront and sunset views.

Villa la Marina sur Mer is one of very few examples in Quebec of a tasteful and successful combination of architectural elements, which has been restored with the greatest care and respect of the original style and materials.
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Local Art

With a penchant for all things local, Villa La Marina sur Mer has opted to decorate the guest house’s walls with artwork by local artists, including many unique and original works by Philippe Giroux, Nina Dussault and Arthure.

What’s in the vicinity?

The best way to discover a new place, is to truly get stuck in. There’s so much to do in Matane and its surrounding villages, you certainly won’t be left feeling bored!