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A brief chronology

Events and Heritage Montreal’s principal efforts since 1975

  • 2000
  • 1900
  • 1800
  • Important events for Montreal's heritage

  • Heritage Montreal's actions

  • 2015

    HM celebrates 40th anniversary.
    H-MTL platform launched.
    HM, the Daudelin family and several influential figures in the arts and culture community make recommendations in the repurposing of the Square Viger.
    HM plays key role in the request for the classification of Maison Alcan.
    HM participates in the Agora métropolitaine and the Montreal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas.

  • 2014

    Special assembly held to assess Redpath House file; proposals for Golden Square Mile announced. International symposium, Metropolis and Its Institutional Heritage—The Issue of Repurposing, organized as part of Entretiens Jacques-Cartier.

  • 2013

    HM takes part in consultations on Sillery conservation plan in Quebec City.

  • 2012

    Third edition of guided tours of Pointe-du-Moulin and Silo No. 5 held.
    HM intercedes save Monument-National block on Boul. Saint-Laurent from demolition.
    New list of 10 threatened sites launched.

  • 2011

    Second edition of guided tours of Pointe-du-Moulin and Silo No. 5 held.
    HM takes part in consultations on the Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan.

  • 2010

    HM celebrates 35th anniversary.
    First edition of guided tours of Pointe-du-Moulin and Silo No. 5 held.
    First Metropolitan Agora for citizens organized.

  • 2009

    Lobbying for Guaranteed Pure Milk water tower restoration begins.
    Dorchester Square and Place du Canada map/guide launched.
    Program of activities celebrating International Day for Monuments and Sites launched.

  • 2008

    Principles for high-quality urban development published.
    Phase 2 of Montreal InSites educational website launched.

  • 2007

    HM contributes to discussions on reforms to Cultural Property Act.
    Guiding principles established for revitalization of Griffintown district.

  • 2006

    Le patrimoine à Montréal, les 30 ans d’Héritage Montréal presented as part of Belles soirées lecture series at Université de Montréal.
    Educational website Montreal InSites ( launched.
    Guiding principles established for McGill University Health Centre on Mount Royal.

  • 2005

    Training handbook on religious heritage interpretation created.
    Dalhousie Square heritage circuit and interpretation panels developed.
    HM takes part in Mount Royal issue table.
    HM publishes its first list of 10 threatened emblematic sites.

  • 2004

    Heritage circuit comprising 15 interpretation panels launched in Dorchester Square.
    Montreal Heritage Network Day links more than 60 heritage and cultural groups for the first time.

  • 2003-04

    HM begins authoring feature columns on website.

  • 2003

    HM plays key role in protection of Mount Royal.
    HM collaborates on Montreal Master Plan and Heritage Policy.

  • 2002

    HM takes part in public hearings and in the Montreal Summit.

  • 2001

    HM takes part in State of Heritage Around the Lachine Canal.
    After lobbying by HM, Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal and Office de consultation publique de Montréal created.

  • 2000

    HM takes part in creation of true consultation mechanisms for Montreal.
    Heritage Montreal marks 25th anniversary; 400 people take part in celebrations.

  • 1999

    HM acts to protect Eaton’s 9th Floor Restaurant.
    HM intercedes against Lépine condo project and in favour of Mount Royal.

  • 1998

    Advice provided to residents and property owners after ice storm.
    Great Heritage Calendar launched; 75,000 copies
    HM takes part in actions to save Rue Sherbrooke.

  • 1997

    Study on downtown churches published.

  • 1996

    Conferences held in collaboration with Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).
    HM takes part in actions to save Jean-Talon Station.

  • 1995

    HM supports formation of Coalition Villa-Maria.
    Meeting on world heritage held in Montreal.

  • 1994

    Coalition for public consultations created.

  • 1993

    HM on front lines of fight to save Hôtel-Dieu hospital.
    HM helps organize an international conference on public squares.

  • 1992

    350th anniversary of founding of Montreal marked with historic plaques and production of 850,000 pamphlets. Efforts made to conserve Windsor Station in development of New Forum project.

  • 1991

    HM collaborates on final version of Montreal’s Master Plan.

  • 1990

    Opération Patrimoine Architectural de Montréal (Montreal Architectural Heritage Campaign) launched in collaboration with city.
    HM takes part in successful consultation sessions on Mount Royal.

  • 1989

    Study on conservation of old cinemas published. Sculptures from former Queen’s Hotel preserved.

  • 1988

    HM lends support to Avenue Mont-Royal merchants.
    HM contributes to establishment of a public-hearing process.
    HM takes over from Save Montreal as organizer of ArchitecTours.

  • 1987

    Archibus (architectural discovery tours for young people) created.
    Master’s program in Conservation introduced at Université de Montréal.
    Mount Royal designated a municipal heritage site.

  • 1986

    Friends of the Mountain founded in collaboration with Save Montreal.
    Demolition of Redpath Mansion averted in cooperation with Save Montreal.

  • 1985-89

    Summer courses offered with Université de Montréal School of Architecture.

  • 1985

    HM contributes to Old Port Plan; Milton-Parc co-op project completed.

  • 1984

    HM takes part in efforts to save McGill College Avenue.

  • 1983

    Conference held on industrial heritage and resident re-appropriation of riverbank access.

  • 1982

    Save Montreal revives Oranges and Lemons prizes.

  • 1981

    Annual home renovation courses launched.
    Storefront office, the Centre Urbain, inaugurated; open to all at no charge.

  • 1979

    Youth program created with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

  • 1978

    HM takes part in first public consultation and call for ideas on Old Port of Montreal.

  • 1975

    Heritage Montreal (HM) founded to help groups like Save Montreal.

  • 1974

    Montreal Society of Architecture awards first Lemon Prize to Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) building.
    Save Montreal begins offering architectural walking tours.

  • 1973

    Save Montreal created following the demolition of Van Horne Mansion.

  • 1971

    Windsor Station saved from wrecking ball by architect Michael Fish and Friends of Windsor Station.

  • 1964

    Old Montreal designated a historic district by Government of Quebec.

  • 1960

    Plans for an elevated expressway in Old Montreal abandoned.

  • 1929

    Château de Ramezay becomes first property classified a historic monument by Government of Quebec.

  • 1895

    Château de Ramezay saved from demolition at the last moment.

  • 1876

    Mount Royal Park, created after citizens petition the city, inaugurated.

  • 1860

    Sieurs de Saint-Sulpice decide to preserve two towers of Fort de la Montagne.