Price Building

Client: Ivanhoé Cambridge

Location: 65, Rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec City, Quebec

Year of project completion: 2013

The iconic 17-storey Art Deco Price Building is one of the few heritage skyscrapers in Canada, prominently associated with the dramatic Old Quebec City skyline. Its original design was by DFS’s predecessors, Ross & McDonald in 1928. In 1983, the building was acquired by the City of Quebec, and in 2001, the 16th and 17th floor became the Premier’s official residence.

Over time, exposure to the elements from intense winds blowing off the St. Lawrence River caused water infiltration, resulting in masonry deterioration, displacement and movement of stones, cracked, spalled, bursting and continuously delaminated stones, and loss of parapet flashing. The project included restoration of masonry and double-hung wood sash windows, repair of rusted steel structure, as well as copper flashing repairs.

Done in three phases, the work also included reroofing of the flat roofs, renewal of ornamental copper flashings and restoration of masonry and windows on the south and west facades.

Client: Ivanhoé Cambridge

Location: 65, Rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec City, Quebec

Year of project completion: 2013

The iconic 17-storey Art Deco Price Building is one of the few heritage skyscrapers in Canada, prominently associated with the dramatic Old Quebec City skyline. Its original design was by DFS’s predecessors, Ross & McDonald in 1928. In 1983, the building was acquired by the City of Quebec, and in 2001, the 16th and 17th floor became the Premier’s official residence.

Over time, exposure to the elements from intense winds blowing off the St. Lawrence River caused water infiltration, resulting in masonry deterioration, displacement and movement of stones, cracked, spalled, bursting and continuously delaminated stones, and loss of parapet flashing. The project included restoration of masonry and double-hung wood sash windows, repair of rusted steel structure, as well as copper flashing repairs.

Done in three phases, the work also included reroofing of the flat roofs, renewal of ornamental copper flashings and restoration of masonry and windows on the south and west facades.

Original design drawings by Ross and McDonald. It’s always a privelege to be able to contribute to the preservation of our predecessor’s legacy.

With the help of an experienced tinsmith, all of the copper flashing and flat roof ventilators were faithfully reproduced per the original 1929 design.

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