The Château Ramezay, precious example of architecture in Nouvelle-France

Michel Boudreau, an architect specializing in heritage who is in charge of the most recent restoration work at the Château Ramezay, will discuss the construction characteristics of that era with examples taken from the Château Ramezay. This is a unique opportunity to discover the building from all angles. For heritage enthusiasts. You will see older buildings differently.

Sunday, September 22, 2013
2 p.m. (F)

Where: Château Ramezay
280, rue Notre-Dame Est, Old Montréal
MétroMétro Champ-de-Mars
Information: 514 861-3708  |  www.chateauramezay.qc.ca

Country homes along boulevard Saint-Laurent in the 19th century

Boulevard Saint-Laurent has long been a country road whose “miserable” condition was decried by Jacques Viger, in 1841. Along Saint-Laurent toward the Mile End were a few country homes, some of which witnessed the early 20th century before falling victim to urbanization. This lecture by Justin Bur, who holds a degree in urban development, will make you discover a forgotten rural environment.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
5 p.m. (F)

Where: Bain Schubert
3950, boulevard Saint-Laurent
MétroMétro Mont-Royal or Sherbrooke
Reservations required: 514 286-0334 or [email protected] |  http://amisboulevardstlaurent.com

The influence of garden cities in Pointe-Claire and Canada

Ron Williams, landscape architect, retired professor at Université de Montréal and resident of Pointe-Claire, will talk about the “garden city” concept and the contribution of this type of land use to the creation of attractive and harmonious living environments.

In the early 20th century, “Bowling Green”, became the first garden city in Canada. Designed by famous landscape architect Frederick G. Todd (1876-1948), Bowling Green was one of the first examples of residential model communities in North America. The whole idea behind this simple but brilliant project rests on the fact that Bowling Green reconciles the needs of urban life and benefits of a rural environment. Todd’s concept soon spread to the rest of Québec and Canada through his own projects and those of other planners.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (E)
Bilingual question period

Where: Pointe-Claire Public Library – Multimedia Room
100, avenue Douglas-Shand
Information: 514 630-1218

The Plateau: myth and realities, from yesterday to present

The Plateau’s reputation as a representation of heritage dates back to the 1970s and rests on the built environment and memories as they relate to the site. The lecturer explores the mechanisms of historic identification as heritage initiated by creators, artists and students, and then appropriated by residents and finally, supported by elected officials. The boulevard Saint-Laurent and “plexes”, two ingredients of this myth, will be examined to understand how this neighbourhood has become an icon of the Montréal way of life. Lecturer: Luc Noppen, holder of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage – ESG, UQAM.

Sunday, October 6, 2013
2 p.m. (F)

Where: Mile End Library, activities room
5434, avenue du Parc
MétroMétro Parc, No. 80 bus southbound or MétroMétro Place-des-Arts, No. 80 bus northbound
Information: 514 872-2141