St. Sauveur Church Bell Tower

Client: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal (CHUM)

Location: 850 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC

Year of project completion: 2016

Collaboration with other firms: DFS acted as consulting heritage conservation Architect to the principal Architects of the hospital project, CannonDesign + NEUF architects.

Photos: Adrien Williams, DFS

The architectural program of the new hospital centre of the Université de Montréal (CHUM) preserved and incorporated the 1865 St. Sauveur Church Bell Tower and spire and two facades of the historic Garth House. Although these are modest elements in the context of a mega project health facility, the implementation of a respectful heritage approach posed many technical challenges. While these historic elements were reconstructed in their original location, following the contemporary criteria for civil defence buildings, our approach to historic conservation used traditional construction methods.

Situated on the main public route of the hospital site, the two structures serve as landmarks, testifying to the past and the urban history of Viger Square. Today, this Montreal greystone architecture contrasts yet integrates with the glass and metal vocabulary of the hospital, which accentuates their presence as monumental artefacts and commemorative objects.

Client: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal (CHUM)

Location: 850 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC

Year of project completion: 2016

Collaboration with other firms: DFS acted as consulting heritage conservation Architect to the principal Architects of the hospital project, CannonDesign + NEUF architects.

Photos: Adrien Williams, DFS

The architectural program of the new hospital centre of the Université de Montréal (CHUM) preserved and incorporated the 1865 St. Sauveur Church Bell Tower and spire and two facades of the historic Garth House. Although these are modest elements in the context of a mega project health facility, the implementation of a respectful heritage approach posed many technical challenges. While these historic elements were reconstructed in their original location, following the contemporary criteria for civil defence buildings, our approach to historic conservation used traditional construction methods.

Situated on the main public route of the hospital site, the two structures serve as landmarks, testifying to the past and the urban history of Viger Square. Today, this Montreal greystone architecture contrasts yet integrates with the glass and metal vocabulary of the hospital, which accentuates their presence as monumental artefacts and commemorative objects.

Before DFS joined the project, the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec came to an agreement to rebuild the St-Sauveur steeple. The decision was motivated by the desire to maintain the unique character of St-Denis Street, which is known for its beautiful church steeples. Among the many spires is the St-Jacques Church bell tower, just a bit further north and part of the UQAM complex, also a project completed by DFS.

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