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However, while the Lachine Canal proved an enormous boom for Montreal and the Province of Quebec, time would show that for Canada's Maritime Provinces , it was the first major nail in that region's economic coffin. The first enlargements took place between and , under the supervision of Alfred Barrett.
The main reason for the second enlargement came from complaints from industrialists who wanted more power generated from the canal. They complained about the speed of the current being too slow. The second enlargement was meant to fix these problems. Soon after the opening of the Lachine Canal in , many of Montreal's merchants convinced the city's government to set up a harbour commission. One of the presidents of the harbour commission was John Young. Under Young's orders the canal was deepened so that the canal would be able to have bigger boats pass through. Railway transportation proved to be very important for Montreal.
The Grand Trunk Railway had its workshop in Point. This proved to be very important for the Lachine Canal because its workshop in Point St. Charles provided a link to the Atlantic during the winter months.
It was the door to the rest of the Grand Trunk railway line that went from Toronto to Maine. Because the Lachine Canal was the link between the ocean and the interior of Canada and America, the Lachine Canal was a major centre for transportation. The canal continued to operate successfully until around , but then, surrounded by the industrial developments which it helped to create, it could not be expanded further to cope with the continuing increase in vessel size.
The canal became obsolete in the second half of the 20th century, being replaced by the St. Lawrence Seaway , which opened in The canal was finally closed to shipping in The opening of the Seaway and the decline of shipping on the canal led to the devastation of the neighbourhoods that lined the canal in Montreal's Le Sud-Ouest borough due to shifting patterns of industrial development and shipping. The lower section of the Lachine canal was entirely filled in between and and closed to commercial navigation in reopened to boating in But initially it had seven locks:. The centre features exhibits about the building and widening of the canal, and offers information about the canal and guided tours.
There is also a gift shop, lookout terraces, and an outdoor interpretation trail. The centre is open seasonally. At its zenith from to , the industrial and manufacturing area adjacent to the canal was once the largest in Canada in terms of both the number of firms and diversity of its output.
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Given its historic importance, the "Lachine Canal Manufacturing Complex" was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in , in addition to the designation already enjoyed by the canal itself. The Lachine Canal fell victim to deindustrialization.
Many of the factories that lined the Lachine Canal were torn down and replaced by houses and apartments. By there was the feeling that the area's industrial history was being forgotten. The area was renovated after Parks Canada took over the Administration.
Atwater Market was built as a public works project during the depression era. The site was originally the William Rutherford lumberyard. The building has served many purposes, but it has been a market since Over the last two decades, the canal has seen a large increase in residential and commercial development. In what was originally a very heavy industrial neighbourhood, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Saint-Henri have become very up and coming districts.
Complexe Dompark recently celebrated its th anniversary and now houses more than 90 multimedia, fashion, publishing and service industry-based companies in custom designed lofts. The area around the Atwater Market has become one of Montreal's most desirable residential areas for condo owners. Much of this is thanks to the continued effort to clean up the Canal. The old Redpath Sugar refinery at St-Patrick and Montmorency is now partially Lofts Redpath , converted after being abandoned since In , the Lachine Canal was reopened as a pleasure boating area, despite environmental concerns about heavy industrial contamination of its bottom, and the banks of the canal were redeveloped.
This raised concern among heritage experts, the Minister of Culture and the Mayor of Montreal. In response to this alarming situation for the building, which everyone had agreed on the importance of preserving, particularly the hotel owner and promoter of the project, Heritage Montreal: — called on the Minister of Culture, the City of Montreal and the building owners to urgently meet with recognized independent experts in order to rally around Mount Stephen Club to preserve the building and its unique interior decor;.
Stabilization, repair, and restoration work on Mount Stephen Club building are now complete. This heritage jewel proudly sits at the heart of the hotel, which was inaugurated on May 1st, Essentially, Mount Stephen Club has now regained its heritage integrity. Most of the structural distortions have been corrected by work that was described to us as exceptional by virtue of its scope, complexity and the number of experts that were brought on board —architects, engineers, conservators and specialized craftspeople.
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The emergency interventions even led to some discoveries underneath the additions. All the while conscious that certain corrections remain in this very complex dossier, Heritage Montreal is very pleased to see that the actions it posed to ensure the integrity of this rich heritage house were successful. This experience should be used to provide Montrealers—as well as Quebecers and Canadians, given that the building has been recognized by both levels of government—with an understanding of the major challenges of this project, particularly preserving the jewel that is Mount Stephen Club, and that from the perspective of the owners and the experts themselves.
We have already proposed to co-organize a public roundtable on this subject with the hotel administration. At the same time, the City of Montreal is working on the adoption of its Heritage action plan. We truly hope that these initiatives will reflect the lessons learned from the crisis that touched Mount Stephen Club, and will encourage all stakeholders to work together, rather than in opposition, thus ensuring promising, high-quality projects that reflect the value of each heritage site.
Specifically, building owners and investors must receive the expertise and creative support needed to meet the challenges of conservation, enhancement and revitalization of nineteenth- century heritage. As always, Heritage Montreal will continue to offer its full collaboration. His mandate began on April 3, , he succeeds Marie-Claude Landry, who held the position for the past three years. Turgeon was the natural choice for the position. 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. Turgeon has accepted his new duties with great enthusiasm and is ambitiously planning the next few years.
As you know, Heritage Montreal is at the heart of many of the major projects that animate our metropolis. 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 23, , the policy proposal on cultural development for 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, The planned consultation around the adoption of the Heritage Action Plan is also on the agenda for May 1, 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. These are all opportunities for us to voice civil society concerns on major provincial, metropolitan and local dossiers. 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 , 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. 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.
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 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. It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of David M. 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.
To the great benefit of the city and Montrealers, Mr. He helped our society evolve and offered a concrete and inspiring model for Montreal and the entire country. In January , 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. Heritage Montreal offers its condolences to Mr. We hope that his model will inspire other economic players in their contribution to the growth of our metropolis. 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.
Consult the official press release for more information in French. 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. Good news for our heritage! The protection applies to the interior and the exterior, as well as the land. For more information on this building and its heritage value, consult the directory of Quebec cultural heritage.
On August 25, , 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 cultural policy. The meeting was an opportunity for us to encourage the Minister to move from the defensive model of the s 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.
Public consultations at a national level ended in Sherbrooke on August 29, , after 18 sessions were held across the province. 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 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. 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 The differences between the and 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 th anniversary legacy project. In fact, at our annual general meeting on June 2, , 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 Heritage and Development resolutions, please click here.