Launched in 2017 as a replacement for the 25-year-old Opération patrimoine architectural de Montréal (OPAM) competition, Opération patrimoine Montréal recognizes residents and organizations who contribute to the conservation and enhancement of our heritage, both tangible (upkeep, architecture and resident access) and intangible (acquiring and sharing expertise).
The 2018 ceremony recognized six exemplary projects and unveiled Montreal’s coup de cœur (Residents’ Choice) award for a public place.
The winning projects were selected by a jury after a spring 2018 Call for Nominations in five categories: Taking Care, Giving New Life, Expertise, Showcasing and Working Together.
And the winners are...
The grand prize in the Taking Care category was awarded to Robert Girard and Louise Brossoit, owners of a Victorian home located at 3708-3710 Avenue Laval. The jury took note of the house’s exemplary restoration, which gave it back its former prestige.
The jury also awarded an honourable mention in the Taking Care category to Marie-Pierre Péladeau, Mathieu Angers and Josée Courcy, owners of a duplex situated at 8423-8425 Avenue De Chateaubriand, for the ongoing preservation of this residential building.
The rehabilitation of the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts, carried out by Atelier TAG and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte Architects, was the jury’s choice in the Giving New Life category. It highlighted the excellent quality of the Société de la Place des Arts’ project.
In the Expertise category, Marie-France Kech was honoured for her work as an artisan specializing in creating and restoring painted and gilded decor elements. The jury took note of the variety of her rare and important restoration techniques.
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s archaeology and history museum complex, took the grand prize in the Showcasing category. Its opening of the Marché-Sainte-Anne-and-the-Parliament-of-the-United-Canada archaeological site to the public attracted some 20,000 visitors in summer 2017, effectively showcasing Montréal’s archaeology and history.
Finally, the 7 à Nous Collective won the prize in the Working Together category for its Building 7 project, in which community organizations are redeveloping a former industrial building on the CN lands in Point Saint Charles. The project was celebrated for its large-scale community mobilization around the objective of conserving an industrial building.
The 2018 Residents’ Choice Site
The Welcome Pavilion of the Parcours Gouin in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough received the greatest number of votes among the ten candidate sites for Opération patrimoine Montréal’s Residents’ Choice Award. As the 2018 Residents’ Choice site, this eco-friendly rest stop on the shore of the Rivière Des Prairies, with its contemporary architecture, will host the annual Patrimoine en fête activities next May 25th. Everyone residing on the Island of Montreal will be invited to what promises to be a fascinating day. A not-to-be-missed event for your agenda!