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6 April 2017

A New Executive Director For Heritage Montreal

The members of Heritage Montreal Foundation’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Turgeon as Executive Director of the organization. His mandate began on April 3, 2017, he succeeds Marie-Claude Landry, who held the position for the past three years.

President of Heritage Montreal’s Board of Directors for almost 10 years, Mr. Turgeon was the natural choice for the position. With his solid experience in management, strategic planning and marketing, as well as an in-depth understanding of the organization and its future challenges, his mandate will include implementing the organization’s new strategic plan.

Before joining the Heritage Montreal team as Executive Director, he was Director of Development for seven years of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), Université de Montréal. His career path also led him to the Laurentian Bank of Canada, where for close to 15 years he held a number of key positions including Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Over the years, his leadership skills combined with his comprehensive knowledge of the field of philanthropy have allowed him to perfect his skills as a manager, to successfully lead national advertising campaigns and to implement various fundraising programs.

A member of Heritage Montreal’s extended family since 2006, Mr. Turgeon has accepted his new duties with great enthusiasm and is ambitiously planning the next few years. “I feel privileged to be able to contribute on a daily basis to the evolution of Heritage Montreal,” states Mr. Turgeon. “Heritage Montreal is a key player in Montreal’s ecosystem and our goal is to put heritage at the heart of the development of our cultural metropolis.”

The members of Heritage Montreal’s Board of Directors strongly believe that Mr. Turgeon’s experience and leadership will enable him to implement promising projects for the future of the organization.

22 March 2017

Behind the scenes of major projects

As you know, Heritage Montreal is at the heart of many of the major projects that animate our metropolis. Our team regularly works behind the scenes to protect and promote Montreal’s heritage. Heritage Montreal will be very busy in the coming weeks with several public meetings and consultations on major heritage issues on the agenda. Here is a brief overview of our recent and upcoming interventions.

On March 20, 2017, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal presented its long anticipated proposal to redevelop the site of the former Montreal Children’s Hospital. Since the future of the City’s large hospital complexes has been an issue of particular concern to us for several years now, we prepared a brief for the occasion. To consult the document (in French) we’ve presented, click here.

On March 23, 2017, the policy proposal on cultural development for 2017-2022 will be presented to the Commission permanente sur la culture, le patrimoine et les sports, and Heritage Montreal will be there to voice its position. The recommendations will be publicly adopted by the Commission on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

The planned consultation around the adoption of the Heritage Action Plan is also on the agenda for May 1, 2017. What speaks to us the most in all of these dossiers are the connections that exist among them. As always, Heritage Montreal advocates coherence and the importance of collaboration. We hope this perspective will serve to guide the master plan, the Cultural Development Policy, the Heritage Action Plan, the economic development plan and the social development plan. To be continued…

Lastly, on March 28, 2017, the Parliamentary Commission has invited us to share our thoughts on Bill 121 – An Act to increase the autonomy and powers of Ville de Montréal, the metropolis of Québec.

These are all opportunities for us to voice civil society concerns on major provincial, metropolitan and local dossiers.

23 February 2017

Notice of classification of the Maison Alcan Complex

On February 23, 2017, in the presence of the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, the founder of Lune Rouge, Guy Laliberté, our Policy Director, Dinu Bumbaru, and the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc, the Minister of Culture and Communications of Québec, Luc Fortin, announced the signing of the notice of classification of the Maison Alcan complex.

Today, we are celebrating the positive outcome of this dossier, which we have been working on for more than one year. You will recall that back in summer 2015, an urban densification project of this innovative architectural ensemble was announced. The proposal presented was in direct contradiction to the exemplary vision of the late business leader David Culver—then President of Alcan and recognized as a Great Builder by Heritage Montreal—both in terms of his view of heritage and this complex of buildings along a section of Sherbrooke Street. In order to preserve the integrity of this gem of Montreal heritage, Heritage Montreal formulated a request for classification submitted to Hélène David, then Minister of Culture and Communications of Quebec, who, on November 5, 2015, responded positively by issuing a notice of intent to classify Maison Alcan. The definitive decision on its status was supposed to be rendered within one year, following a series of consultations and an opinion from the Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec.

On the basis of an exemplary consultation process, which we hope will serve as a model for the years to come, recognition of the national value of Maison Alcan shows that economic forces can indeed play a role in Montreal’s renaissance and strike a healthy balance between heritage and development.

Here are the main elements Heritage Montreal highlighted at the time of this public announcement:

– We thanked the Minister of Culture, Mr. Fortin, for the personal attention he paid to the Maison Alcan file. Quebec has several heritage files, many of them very complex. In this particular case, the Minister took the innovative initiative of convening the interested parties—Lune Rouge, Heritage Montreal, the City of Montreal and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal—to participate in a dynamic process of developing a shared commitment to ensuring the recognition and renaissance of Maison Alcan. The Minister’s powers and responsibilities under the Cultural Heritage Act were put to work in favour of a process that illustrates the desire of Montrealers to move forward together.

– This process was an exceptional example of collaboration. We hope it becomes the new way of doing things or, at least, the hallmark of an approach based on joining the metropolis’s forces, rather than dividing them. Just as Maison Alcan harmoniously and creatively brought together buildings both old and new, it is important to bring together all stakeholders, public and private, citizen and institutional, to continue to breathe life into and enrich Montreal’s distinct architectural and urban heritage.

– We are delighted with the leadership role that Mr. Laliberté and Lune Rouge Innovation are playing in this file. It is surely one of the most encouraging developments and constitutes the passing of the torch from Mr. Culver and his original vision to these new giants who are bringing hope of a revitalized Maison Alcan that will be as inspiring as the one in 1983.

– This new status represents, for us, recognition of a renaissance in heritage; a challenge to the current generation of business leaders to pursue, in the 21st century, this vision of development à la Montréal.

As always, Heritage Montreal will continue to be active on this file.
To see the press release issued in response to this public announcement, click here.

6 February 2017

Heritage Montreal’s tribute to David M. Culver C.C., O.Q.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of David M. Culver, former president and CEO of Alcan and the visionary behind the Maison Alcan complex.

A businessman driven by a deep passion for the arts, architecture and Montreal, Mr. Culver chose to break from the dominant concept of development, founded on widespread demolition of heritage in favour of short-term private interests, to create a new head office comprised of rehabilitated heritage buildings, new contemporary architecture and indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Inaugurated in 1983, Maison Alcan ushered in a period of optimism and confidence in Montreal as well as in Québec and across Canada, inspired by a more human and cultural approach to urban development. To the great benefit of the city and Montrealers, Mr. Culver’s determination proved that heritage and development can go hand in hand and, better yet, be mutually enriching. He helped our society evolve and offered a concrete and inspiring model for Montreal and the entire country.

In January 2016, Heritage Montreal awarded Mr. Culver the title of Great Builder in recognition for his exemplary leadership and key role in the creation of Maison Alcan, and for his deep affection for Montreal and its heritage. His visionary commitment was also recognized in the notice of intent signed in November 2015 by Quebec’s Minister of Culture and Communications, responding to Heritage Montreal’s filing of a request to have Maison Alcan declared a listed property.

Heritage Montreal offers its condolences to Mr. Culver’s family and friends. We salute his exceptional contribution and his recognition of heritage as an element in Montreal’s development. We hope that his model will inspire other economic players in their contribution to the growth of our metropolis.

17 January 2017

Launch of the architectural competition for BAnQ Saint-Sulpice

On January 11, 2017, Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications and the Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, and the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, announced the launch of an architectural competition to revitalise the Saint-Sulpice library.

On January 31, 2016, then Minister of Culture and Communications, Hélène David and Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre, announced that the former Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice, whose sale in a classified ad on the Ministry of Transports’ website had been suspended, will be returned to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. They announced that the library would be restored and returned to its original vocation in addition to becoming a meeting and creative space for adolescents.

Classified as a Heritage Building, the library is located on Saint-Denis Street, in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier latin. Its doors will reopen in the winter of 2018-2019 under the name BAnQ Saint-Sulpice.

The jury will be composed of Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal, Pierre Corriveau, architect, Pierre Thibault, architect, Sophie Charlebois, architect for the City of Montreal, Max Roy, electro-mechanical engineer, Éric Therrien, librarian at the Institut Canadien de Québec/Bibliothèque de Québec, and Christiane Barbe, Chief Executive Officer of the BAnQ.

Consult the official press release for more information (in French).

25 November 2016

Neighbourhood of the week: NDG

Heritage Montreal and Urbania are joining forces to celebrate Montreal’s architecture and unique heritage through the eyes and writings of those who live it daily. Our collaborators will take us on a journey of discovery of their neighbourhood—buildings, churches, parks and public spaces—sharing their own prize list of favourite heritage sites.

For Camile Bédard’s architectural favourites in NDG, click here. To view the original post (in French).

25 November 2016

Neighbourhood of the week: Côte-des-Neiges

Heritage Montreal and Urbania are joining forces to celebrate Montreal’s architecture and unique heritage through the eyes and writings of those who live it daily. Our collaborators will take us on a journey of discovery of their neighbourhood—buildings, churches, parks and public spaces—sharing their own prize list of favourite heritage sites.

To discover Myriam Laabidi’s best kept secrets in Côte-des-Neiges, click here. To view the original post (in French).

11 November 2016

Neighbourhood of the week: Verdun

Heritage Montreal and Urbania are joining forces to celebrate Montreal’s architecture and unique heritage through the eyes and writings of those who live it daily. Our collaborators will take us on a journey of discovery of their neighbourhood—buildings, churches, parks and public spaces—sharing their own prize list of favourite heritage sites.

This week discover Isabelle Corriveau’s architectural favourites in Verdun. To view the original post (in French).


2 November 2016

Neighbourhood of the week: Maisonneuve

Heritage Montreal and Urbania are joining forces to celebrate Montreal’s architecture and unique heritage through the eyes and writings of those who live it daily. Our collaborators will take us on a journey of discovery of their neighbourhood—buildings, churches, parks and public spaces—sharing their own prize list of favourite heritage sites.

This week discover Sarah Freyss and Lyna Bourget-Vecchio’s architectural favourites in Maisonneuve. To view the original post (in French).


25 October 2016

Neighbourhood of the week: Villeray

Heritage Montreal and Urbania are joining forces to celebrate Montreal’s architecture and unique heritage through the eyes and writings of those who live it daily. Our collaborators will take us on a journey of discovery of their neighbourhood—buildings, churches, parks and public spaces—sharing their own prize list of favourite heritage sites.

This week discover Ève Lemieux’s architectural favourites in Villeray. To view the original post (in French).


17 October 2016

Classification of the Ernest-Cormier Studio

Good news for our heritage! On October 6, 2016, Minister Luc Fortin announced, in a press release, classification of the Ernest-Cormier Studio! The protection applies to the interior and the exterior, as well as the land. Back on November 5, 2015, then Minister of Culture and Communications, Hélène David, issued a notice of intent to classify the Ernest-Cormier Studio. The final decision on classification had to be rendered within one year, following consultations and an opinion from the Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec.

The studio had already been listed on the H-MTL platform by Alexandre Paré, in collaboration with Martin Bérubé.

For more information on this building and its heritage value, consult the directory of Quebec cultural heritage.

1 September 2016

Renewal of Quebec's Cultural Policy

On August 25, 2016, at the public consultation meeting for the Montreal region, Heritage Montreal presented a brief to the Minister of Culture, Luc Fortin, regarding the renewal of the 1992 cultural policy.

The meeting was an opportunity for us to encourage the Minister to move from the defensive model of the 1970s towards a more active and mobilizing model. We emphasized the fact that this shift requires a more coherent relationship between Culture and Heritage as well as a fiscal and financial ecology that includes new tools.

We reminded the Minister that Québec is lagging far behind in terms of fiscal measures, and we stressed the need for collaborative mechanisms to remedy the state of heritage, while monitoring and ultimately improving it.

Public consultations at a national level ended in Sherbrooke on August 29, 2016, after 18 sessions were held across the province. We hope that this large-scale undertaking will lead to the creation of a new cross-sector tool that will ensure the much-needed recognition of the importance of heritage and the development of the territory in keeping with Quebec’s identity and cultural development. Heritage must no longer be seen as a constraint, but rather an asset. Indeed, Heritage Montreal has been waiting decades for a genuinely Quebec-made policy on heritage, which was the intended objective of the 2003 Arpin report.

At the moment, it is difficult to assess the impact of our intervention, but we believe that it has been successful and welcomed by the Minister and his team. Stay tuned…

To consult our brief (in French), click here.

To consult all of the briefs submitted during this vast public consultation, click here.

20 July 2016

Redevelopment of Rutherford Park

Rutherford Park is the green space covering the McTavish reservoir. It is located within the perimeter of the Mount Royal Heritage Site, which as been protected by the Quebec government since 2005. Under study for several years by the Ville-Marie borough, with a grant from the Quebec government, the project to transform Rutherford Park into a multipurpose sports field with light towers to allow for night-time use made headlines over the last few days following the adoption, on July 6, of the borough council’s decision to award the contract for this work and to authorize the signing of an agreement with McGill University for the financing of the project and the use of the field, an agreement that was not made public.

In July 2015, the borough had agreed to present the project to us as well as to Les amis de la montagne and the Conseil régional de l’environnement. However, it did not formally request the opinion of the Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal. The day after the Council’s decision, the director and those in charge of recreation for the borough presented the project to us as authorized by the Minister of Culture last May. The differences between the 2015 and 2016 versions were minor. Furthermore, the project still includes the installation of four giant light towers measuring 30 metres (about 10 storeys high), of unknown design, in a panorama that the City plans to promote at considerable cost as part of the Fleuve-Montagne promenade, a major 375th anniversary legacy project.

This unfortunate outcome for Montreal’s heritage starkly illustrates the risks of political decisions, without any genuine consideration of the impact on heritage and landscape. The case of Rutherford Park clearly shows that guarantees of conservation, even of a heritage site as renowned as Mount Royal, are precarious and that there is often a conflict of interest between public authorities’ duties to project and their powers to promote.

In fact, at our annual general meeting on June 2, 2016, the members of Heritage Montreal adopted a resolution calling on the Quebec government and the City of Montreal to adopt transparent, intelligent and independent mechanisms for monitoring the state of heritage, including landscapes.

For more information on our 2016 Heritage and Development resolutions, please click here.

16 June 2016

Four new resolutions for 2016

At its annual general meeting, held on June 2, 2016, at the Jacques-Parizeau Building (formerly the Centre CDP Capital), close to 60 Heritage Montreal members met to take stock of 2015, which marked our 40th anniversary. We took advantage of our members’ presence to identify various heritage challenges to consider in the future and adopt resolutions that will guide our actions over the next year.

These are the four resolutions that were adopted:

  • Underscoring actions with significant contributions to heritage development in Montreal and the metropolitan region
  • Regarding governance in matters of heritage and landscape protection and development
  • Regarding recognition of competency and specific expertise in heritage protection and development
  • Regarding consideration of the impacts of public-sector projects, programs and investments on heritage and landscapes

To read the entire texts, please click here.

In addition to the resolutions proposed by Heritage Montreal, the members in attendance shared their concerns about the absence of any historical or heritage dimensions in the festivities for Montreal’s 375th anniversary. To find out more, read the article (in French) that appeared in Le Devoir.

25 May 2016

Les amis de la montagne and the City of Montreal award the Prix du Mont-Royal to Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal

Heritage Montreal is delighted to announce that its policy director, Dinu Bumbaru, C.M., was awarded the Prix du Mont-Royal, on the 140th anniversary of the inauguration of Mount Royal Park. The award, presented by Réal Ménard, member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, and Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President of Les amis de la montagne, highlights Mr. Bumbaru’s commitment and contribution to the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal, one of the most important historical and natural emblems of our metropolis.

Mr. Bumbaru’s actions include his role in developing the first Plan for the Conservation and Restoration of Mount Royal (1992), and updating it six years later. A few years later, he actively participated in the process that led, in 2005, to the adoption of the Quebec government’s by-law to create the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal, then to Mount Royal as a heritage site when the Cultural Heritage Act came into effect in October 2012. He also sits on the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal, which brings together key players in the protection, territorial enhancement and harmonious development of the Mount Royal heritage site.

Robert Turgeon, President of Heritage Montreal’s Board of Directors, enthusiastically welcomed this important recognition: “For the last 35 years, Dinu Bumbaru has been working tirelessly to preserve and enhance Montreal’s built, urban and landscape heritage. His internationally recognized expertise, his passionate commitment to the cause and his many accomplishments have earned him great esteem among the players in the field, as attested by this Prix du Mont-Royal. At Heritage Montreal, we are extremely proud to be in the company of this man who watches over heritage, here and elsewhere with such intelligence and creativity.”

Dinu Bumbaru has worked for Heritage Montreal since 1982. He is also involved in many other organizations in addition to playing an important role on the international level with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a nongovernmental organization that advises UNESCO on cultural heritage. This important recognition is one of the many honours Mr. Bumbaru has received over the years.

18 May 2016

2016 Annual General Meeting: Notice – Meeting and Candidates for the Board of Directors

A second notice is hereby given that Annual General Meeting of Members of the Héritage Montréal Foundation will be held on Thursday June 2, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Centre CDP Capital located at 1000 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Square, in Montréal, Room B1.01, for the following purposes:

  • Receiving the financial statements for the year ended on December 31, 2015;
  • Electing the Board of Directors;
  • Appointing auditors and authorizing the Directors to fix their remuneration;
  • Approving and confirming all by-laws, acts and proceedings done and performed by the Directors of the Corporation; and
  • Adopting resolutions and transacting such other business that may properly come before the meeting.

Proposed list of individuals for the election of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Montreal Foundation at the Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2016:

Carole Deniger
Nancy Dunton
Robert Girard
Hugo Girard-Beauchamp
Hélène Godin
Mary Leslie-Aitken
Bruce McNiven
Anthony O’Brien
Marie Senécal-Tremblay
Pierre Taillefer
Michel A. Tremblay
Robert Turgeon

A cocktail reception will follow the Annual General Meeting.

Guided tour prior to the Annuel General Meeting

From 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., you are invited to take part in a guided tour of the Centre CDP Capital with Dinu Bumbaru our Policy Director.

Departure at 4:00 p.m. from the street level lobby of the Centre CDP Capital (1000 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Square). Places are limited. R.S.V.P. is mandatory.

R.S.V.P. before Monday, May 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.:

Robert Turgeon
President of the Board of Directors


18 May 2016

Mount Stephen Club

Last week, the Montreal Gazette published the results of an in-depth investigation into the causes that led to the alarming situation at George Stephen House, a jewel of Montreal’s heritage as well as our national heritage. In recent weeks, Heritage Montreal also tried to probe into how a renowned and protected historical monument could fall victim to such damage, requiring urgent intervention and the dismantling of part of its facade. There are a great many causes.

The Gazette’s investigation revealed major holes in our heritage’s safety net, at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. It is not enough to take comfort in the idea that proper procedure was followed. In order to restore confidence and prevent this kind of crisis from recurring, authorities responsible for heritage, in particular, the Ministère de la Culture and the City of Montreal, are analyzing the situation with the help of outside experts, universities and independent organizations like Heritage Montreal. It is essential that the true state of heritage must be at the heart of decision-making. Stay tuned…

Mount Stephen Club’s structural problems date back at least 15 years
Culture officials initially opposed hotel tower for Mount Stephen Club
Editorial: Preserving the Mount Stephen Club


22 April 2016

The Old Montreal Works Building: Another Loss For Montreal’s Heritage

Over the last few weeks, Montreal’s heritage made headlines several times but, unfortunately, not always for the right reasons: the fire that ravaged three vacant heritage buildings of the Faubourg aux Récollets, which were then demolished, the Snowdon Theatre fire, the demolition of a building belonging to the Griffintown housing co-operative, the announcement that the dismantlement of the façade of the Mount Stephen Club has begun…

We also learned last week of the imminent disappearance of another building: the old Montreal Works munitions factory in the Chabanel district.

On April 11, 2016, in a last attempt to save the factory and defend our built heritage, the Société d’histoire Ahuntsic Cartierville (SHAC) filed an appeal before the borough council of the decision of the borough’s demolition council to authorize the demolition of the building owned by the municipality. In December 2015, SHAC, supported by Heritage Montreal, the Association Québécoise pour le patrimoine industriel and Action Patrimoine, mobilized to try to save and revitalize this building, calling on the City to show coherence and creativity.

The meeting came to a disappointing end with the unanimous vote by elected officials to demolish the building. They promised that a commemorative mention would be integrated into the future municipal public works project. This slide from conservation to commemoration and “remembrance” is very disturbing. As pointed out by Marc-André Carignan in a recent column in the newspaper Métro: “Conservation is still the best way to celebrate a place.”

29 March 2016

Strategic forum on major real estate projects: revitalizing our heritage and emblematic buildings

Organized by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the 10th Strategic Forum on Major Real Estate Projects brought together some 400 decision-makers and influential players from our metropolis on March 21, 2016, including our President, Robert Turgeon, our Executive Director, Marie-Claude Landry, our Policy Director, Dinu Bumbaru, and Anthony O’Brien, a member of our Board of Directors.

For Heritage Montreal, the forum was an opportunity to address the relationship between heritage and real estate projects at a roundtable with Dinu Bumbaru, Alan Macintosh (Notman House) and Phil O’Brien (Viger Station). We took advantage of this forum to remind major promoters of the importance of addressing the issue of heritage, right from the outset of a reuse process, and to proceed with curiosity and urbanity. We also pointed out that, today, heritage is defined by new combinations: economic and civic values/profitability and identity. This evolution occurs through the reuse of existing buildings and a more active form of urbanism that is less technical and more collaborative. This forum was also an opportunity for us to publicly reaffirm the importance of developing a guide for promoters on heritage reconversion.

In the meantime, as we wait to see how things evolve, we would like to acknowledge the quality of the discussion led by the various participants at this event, in particular, remarks by Michel Leblanc, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, who emphasized the importance of heritage in the economic and cultural development of our metropolis.

8 March 2016

Seeking Volunteer Guides

Do you want to share your passion for the city and its heritage? Would you like to contribute to the awareness, enhancement and protection of this heritage? Join Heritage Montreal’s team of guides and enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience. We are currently recruiting volunteer guides for the 2016 edition of ArchitecTours to be presented in August and September.


If you are interested in joining a dynamic team of volunteers and being a part of the training procedures to become a guide for our walking tours, send us your resume and a cover letter before 5pm on March 24th, 2016 to the attention of Amélie Renouf, Head – Programs and Activities, by email at

1 February 2016

Mount Stephen Club: Under close watch

Heritage Montreal is keeping a close eye on the situation of Mount Stephen Club, an exceptional heritage building by virtue of its architecture and interior decor that has garnered the recognition and protection of the authorities. Work is underway on this former residence on the Square Mile as part of a hotel development project. The work affected its foundation and required emergency stabilization measures, raising serious concerns among the public and experts.

Right now, the priority is to safeguard and restore Mount Stephen House by enlisting the best possible expertise. Heritage Montreal has advised Minister Hélène David, the City of Montréal, and the property owners to call on independent experts, recognized for their “diagnostic” knowledge of heritage buildings from this period. Once the house has been safeguarded and revitalized to reflect the integrity of its heritage value, we will be able to learn from this experience in order to prevent another crisis like this one. In the context of heritage buildings of this value and sensitivity, we have already recommended that the authorities ensure the quality of the experts retained by owners, from the outset of the project right through to completion.

Mount Stephen Club in peril
Mount Stephen Club facade damaged by construction work
Problems plague Montreal’s historic Mount Stephen Club
MCCQ Press Release (in French only)

1 February 2016

A new vocation for the Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice

On January 31, 2016, Minister of Culture and Communications Hélène David and Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre, announced that the former Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice, whose sale in a classified ad on the Ministry of Transports’ website had been suspended, will be returned to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. The library will be restored and returned to its original vocation in addition to becoming a meeting and creative space for adolescents.

Heritage Montreal would like to congratulate the City for this creative solution and thank the consulting group, co-presided by Michelle Courchesne and Claude Corbo, for their invaluable contribution. The group also made a recommendation on the overall issue of government heritage buildings. We sincerely hope that the government will follow suit, since intelligent mechanisms are needed to avoid repeated crisis situations that stir widespread indignation.

Historic St-Sulpice Library to be repurposed
Courchesne-Corbo Report