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Artisan Award honours a person or business having earned special
recognition for restoring heritage architectural or decorative
year’s Artisan Award is presented to La Belle Corniche
et fils. This business, founded more than 10 years ago by
Marc Gagnon, specializes in the restoration of architectural
and ornamental heritage elements. Its clientele is made up
of insightful owners who care about preserving and enhancing
the original architectural elements of their properties. Discriminating
owners congratulate themselves on choosing a small but extremely
knowledgeable and qualified team of experts.
buildings have their own architecture and unique decorative
elements, which set them apart from modern, more standardized
buildings. The work of La Belle Corniche et fils is very much
like the work of artisans and sculptors, in that the workers
must be creative as well as expert craftsmen, because antique
architectural elements are no longer available on the market.
business has helped a great deal to safeguard architectural
heritage in Montréal, and for that reason it truly
deserves this award.
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Award of Excellence SITQ
Award of Excellence is granted to a person or group, in recognition
of efforts to preserve the city’s heritage for the benefit
of Montrealers and visitors.
year, the award is presented to Georges Coulombe for his exceptional
contribution to the preservation of architectural heritage
Coulombe belongs to the field of graphic arts. Over the years,
he has acquired with great flair, and painstakingly restored,
more than 30 old buildings, mainly in Old Montréal,
and gave them a new life.
1976, as his first project, he refurbished a partially abandoned
296, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, which he used for his office.
He was hooked! Other acquisition/restoration projects followed
at a rate of one per year. He is particularly fond of old
warehouses, which he transforms into office or business space,
or even residential condominiums.
impact Georges Coulombe has had on Old Montréal is
colossal. Several of his buildings have become icons, including
the former head offices of the Royal Bank, Molson
Exchange on rue Saint-Jacques, La
Sauvegarde Building on Notre-Dame Est, or his most recent
project, Cité Nouveau
Monde, which is made up of six historic, but vacant, buildings
on rue de la Commune Ouest, which he transformed into condominiums
and business premises. Another project involved recycling
the former American Can plant in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
speculators who buy and sell properties, Georges Coulombe
keeps his properties which he manages with the help of a small
team of dedicated professionals, and in some cases, with his
daughter Anne and son Stephann.
Coulombe is passionate about history, a shrewd collector of
antique art and very much involved in his field. He is the
President elect of the Board of Directors of the Société
de développement commercial du Vieux-Montréal,
Vice-Chairman of the Quartier
international de Montréal, and a member of the
Board of Directors of Pointe-à-Callière,
the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.
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Award for Architectural Integration
This award is presented to a business for its efforts to enhance
an old neighbourhood, by integrating a new, quality construction
into the existing urban fabric.
year, the award goes to the firm Les Développements
D’arcy McGee Ltée and to the Atelier Big City
architectural firm, for the Unity 2 project. This new quality
building, at the corner of rue De la Gauchetière Ouest
and rue Saint-Alexandre, blends in well with the existing
urban fabric and the heritage Unity Building, of which it
is an extension.
use of integration elements to blend in with the classified
Unity Building is a fine example of Montréal architecture
influenced by the Chicago School style, is simply remarkable.
The building has won an award as part of the Montréal
Architectural Heritage Campaign 2003. The façade is
in tune with the position and proportions of the window openings;
the cornice is strikingly prominent; the shape and mix of
materials and masonry elements of the new building are consistent
with the style of the 1913 building.
on the last undeveloped piece of land on rue Saint-Alexandre,
the Unity 2 Building blends in well with the other heritage
buildings, with its three-part façade and typical red,
textured brick and stone. The residential section of the Unity
2 Building is discreet, featuring blue translucent panels
rather than the usual balconies. This building has a very
contemporary look, thanks to the choice and arrangement of
materials, very much like the Caisse de dépôt
et placement du Québec Building just across the street.
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Commercial Building Heritage Award
This award is granted to a corporation for its contribution
to the preservation of heritage commercial buildings.
year, the award is presented to Groupe Antonopoulos, and to
Béïque, Legault, Thuot Architects, for the recycling
and exemplary restoration of the Alexander-Cross Building
at 43-51, rue Saint-Jacques, in Old Montréal.
project, which was completed in 2007, involved the transformation
of a former office building into rooms, suites and conference
rooms for the Place d’Armes Hotel, which occupies two
Antonopoulos had a lot to do to restore the prestige and original
appearance of this magnificent building, which was built in
1869 by Scottish lawyer Alexander Cross and classified as
historical monument in 1976.
team of professionals at Béïque, Legault, Thuot
Architects restored all the masonry, to highlight the local
greystone façade wall. The granite features, which
were unfortunately added over the years, were removed. The
exceptional masonry work by the firm Atwill-Morin is noteworthy.
The cornice was redone entirely to restore the building’s
original look, as were the doors and windows. The original,
interior brick walls were preserved.
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