St. Jacques Bell Tower

Client: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Location: 1455 Saint Denis St, Montreal, Quebec

Year of restoration completion: 2020

Photos: Bernard Guay, DFS

Built in 1876, classified in 1973 as a historic monument and later incorporated into the UQAM campus, the Saint-Jacques Bell Tower is of great heritage and urban value. The rehabilitation of the seriously deteriorated tower extended from the foundations to the weathervane, replacing more than a thousand stones, repointing interior and exterior masonry, restoring the two balconies’ cast-iron balustrades and the two large stained-glass windows, rebuilding the spire’s slate roof and repairing hundreds of damaged or cracked stones. The bell system was updated and made functional, and a new architectural lighting system was installed.

Looking up at a stone clock tower against a blue sky.

Client: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Location: 1455 Saint Denis St, Montreal, Quebec

Year of restoration completion: 2020

Photos: Bernard Guay, DFS

Built in 1876, classified in 1973 as a historic monument and later incorporated into the UQAM campus, the Saint-Jacques Bell Tower is of great heritage and urban value. The rehabilitation of the seriously deteriorated tower extended from the foundations to the weathervane, replacing more than a thousand stones, repointing interior and exterior masonry, restoring the two balconies’ cast-iron balustrades and the two large stained-glass windows, rebuilding the spire’s slate roof and repairing hundreds of damaged or cracked stones. The bell system was updated and made functional, and a new architectural lighting system was installed.

Stone by stone, a thorough inspection of the steeple was conducted to determine the appropriate intervention. Some portions of the bell tower were dismantled and transported to be stored outside of the city.

Challenging technical projects such as this one, bring great satisfaction, however, achieving it in conjunction with the client and entrepreneur, in a cooperative and communicative environment, provides a sense of extraordinary professional accomplishment.

A brief history of the St. Jacques Bell Tower…

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