The Counting House

Sometimes referred to as the "office", the Counting House was the centre for bookkeeping, accounting, and general record keeping.  Here, clerks kept records of the annual returns in furs; the deployment of canoes, provisions and men; accounts of employees; credits to Native customers; and inventories of shops and stores at the various posts. The information compiled by the clerks in the Counting House formed the basis for many of the decisions taken by the partners at their annual meeting.

In the Counting House were four bed chambers, probably for the clerks brought up from Montreal for the Rendezvous. It also had a writing room for partners and clerks.