Pointe-à-Callière expansion project at Place d'Youville
October 30, 2015 / Posted by SDC Vieux-Montréal
Pointe-à-Callière is getting ready for the celebrations marking the 375th anniversary of the City of Montréal, as well as events highlighting its own 25th anniversary in 2017, which include the creation of the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex.
Much more than just an expansion of the Museum, Pointe-à-Callière’s project involves the creation of a world-class museum institution on a site of exceptional heritage value in North America. Not only will it allow for heritage preservation, it will also reinforce the historic value of Old Montréal. Pointe-à-Callière’s project consists of linking a dozen historic and heritage sites through an underground network. The Complex will include the Museum’s five current buildings.
New heritage sites and museum components will be added to these sites, with the William collector sewer—located beneath Place D’Youville, between Pointe-à-Callière and McGill Street—acting as the main artery between the points of interest. The overall project involves: showcasing the remains of St. Ann’s Market, the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, Fort Ville-Marie and Callière’s Residence; opening the William collector sewer along a distance of 375 metres; converting the Central Fire Station into a visitor service centre; re-opening Montréal’s original general hospital; and creating a world-class exhibition room beneath Normand Street, adjacent to the Dominique-Ducharme (Customs Canada) building. On the surface, the entire complex will be linked together by landscaped urban gardens, which will become a true oasis of greenery at the heart of the historic quarter.
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Source: Musée Pointe-à-Callière