From square Victoria to the canal Lachine via the Cité Multimédia, the architectural tours produced by the Biennale de Montréal brought us to discover the many faces of the faubourg des Récollets and Griffintown.
Conceived and realized by Héritage Montréal in cooperation with the Cité Multimédia, the promenades emphasized on the functional and aesthetic aspects of the faubourg's old and recent architectural heritage and its related historical, economical and socio-demographical facts.
The architectural tours offered a unique opportunity to learn about the faubourg's vocation as well as three centuries of history and architecture, through a commented tour of buildings, urban arrangements, and meeting places.
The two hour circuit consisted of twelve important sites: The square Victoria; McGill & Notre-Dame streets; the Claxton building on 649-651 Notre-Dame; the former site of the Collège de Montréal; the forge Cadieux; Duke street; buildings of the Cité Multimédia; the canal Lachine; Hydro-Québec and the Law Building; the Bagg house and finally, the site of the Fonderie Darling on Ottawa street.
The architectural tours, presented by professionals, were conceived for a varied public.