July 6, 2022

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Old Montreal | The future of the iconic Barracks No. 1 under the magnifying glass

Old Montreal |  The future of the iconic Barracks No. 1 under the magnifying glass

The future of the Montreal Barracks n is under scrutinyOh 1, This iconic building has been vacant since the center de Histoir de Montreal was moved a few years ago. If the city confirms that it has received “many interest notices” on the Heritage building, voices are already rising to house it or to incorporate it into the nearby Point-a-Collier Museum.

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Henry Ouellette-Vezina

Henry Ouellette-Vezina

“We have received many expressions of interest for Barracks nOh 1 335 in Old Montreal, located at Saint-Pierre. Reflections on the form the project will take have begun internally, but it is too early to say, “said Camille Begin, a spokeswoman for the city of Montreal.

The administration indicates that it will “communicate” its decision “at the appointed time” to this effect in the next few weeks or even the next few months.

In 2018, the center d’Histoir de Montreal – which had been the former landmark of the Place d’Uville for years – moved to settle in Square Saint-Laurent in the heart of downtown. Since that date, the building has been vacant, though storage is still available.

Now, you have it, this building just can not be handed over to anyone and not anyway. Architects Joseph Perrolt and Simon Lesage in the early 20th centuryAnd Century, “It is in the heritage site of old Montreal and is preserved beneath it Cultural Heritage ActMe Get started.

“Museum Campus”

In Heritage Montreal, policy director Dinu Bumbaru said, “Logic dictates that barracks be connected to the Point-a-Collier Museum to make it a kind of campus affiliate museum. It gives a very interesting cultural overview.”

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“The definite thing is that instead of getting rid of this iconic and municipal building, it is absolutely necessary to use the existing one to build something else. Do not abandon such old buildings, ”Mr. Bumbaru pleaded, whose team has already prioritized heritage preservation in the metropolis for decades.

It is a key area with many architectural and heritage features, including the D’Uville Stall and the warehouses on Saint-Pier Street. Hence the reflection must be very broad.

Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director at Heritage Montreal

Joined by Press, Mary-Josie Robitaille, director general of the Pointe-è-Callière Museum, confirms that her team submitted a request to the city of Montreal in recent weeks to occupy the barracks. “We’re really interested in this heritage jewelry. Our request seems to be going well. We already have a partnership with the Montreal Fire Department (SIM) so if the city agrees to our requests, we’ll trade with them to properly display the heritage. Turn it into a preschool museum for toddlers. Our goal.But we are not there yet, ”she continues.

As the project progresses, Pointe-à-Callière Museum will also pursue the goal of “connecting the underground barracks” to its archeological site in the open parking lot between the building in D’Youville and McGill Street. Thousands of artifacts have been found on the site over the past few years and the museum is looking for a way to better “exhibit” them.


David Wachsmut, an urban planning professor at McGill University, provoked the possibility of building houses in an old post.

“With the affordable housing crisis, the first question should be: Can we build residential units while continuing the construction of the building? It will obviously incur significant costs and a lot of questions, but I think we should start there, ”the expert said.

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“We should at least underestimate this opportunity, especially when we learn that the city has been saying for some time that there should be more homes in the Old Port. So far, the city has succeeded in creating a clearer living space, “said Mr. Watzmouth.

The second is also the condition of the barracks nOh 1 is “a kind”. “I have often said in the past that we collectively tend to abandon older buildings because of how cities grow. But in this case, it’s really a unique situation. Concluded.