Saving the memory of things past


By classifying a site as heritage property, we collectively recognize its value while ensuring it will be protected and transmitted to future generations. For these very reasons, the Studio Ernest-Cormier and the Maison Alcan complex received their notice of classification in 2015.

Ernest Cormier was one of the most important architects of the 20th century. He played a large role in the renewal of the city’s architecture all during the 1920s. The studio he built was at first his own creative space before becoming a ceramics workshop and later a sculpture workshop for the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. The red brick building, with its distinctive large canopy, currently hosts artists in residence.

In different periods and styles, the buildings of the Maison Alcan complex bear witness to the ways that architecture has evolved since the late 19th century. The structures integrate several older buildings whose restoration, which took place in the 1980s, has preserved the heritage facade inside a modern complex—creating a space whose harmonious design makes it a pioneering project in urban planning.

Now protected for generations to come, these historical sites have a bright future!