New cultural space in Griffintown


The Wellington Tower, in Griffintown, used to be one of the major railway traffic control towers in operation in North America. A plan has been initiated to redevelop the tower into an innovative cultural centre.

Following a public call for ideas in 2013, and a call for proposals in 2014, Ateliers créatifs Montréal and the WeArt collective were put in charge of the restoration and repurposing of this exceptional heritage building.

Slated to become a meeting point for artistic, culinary and urban cultures, the new Wellington Tower will house an art gallery, a cafeteria managed by chef Stefano Faita and a workshop for designers, artists and residents. In this way, the tower will once again taken on the role of nerve centre, but now as a hub where ideas and people intersect—and as a new urban icon on the city’s cultural and heritage scene.

This restoration project is part of the broader District Griffin project and the redevelopment of the Smith promenade, on which work was completed in the fall of 2015. The new centre will form part of a completely revitalized neighborhood.