Faubourg Québec project records
The Faubourg Québec project records, 1989-1994, document the redevelopment of Faubourg Québec, a thirty acre site east of the Old Port of Montréal, into an urban residential neighbourhood. Bounded by the Saint Lawrence River, Saint Antoine, Berri and Amherst Streets, Faubourg Québec was part of a $350 million residential project that aimed to revitalize Montréal’s downtown area by attracting 5000 new residences to the neighbourhood. At the time of the redevelopment, the site was home to an abandoned railway yard.
In 1988, the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) was appointed by the City of Montréal to design Faubourg Québec’s redevelopment plan. The SHDM established the Office of the Faubourg Québec project, an internal organization within the SHDM, to oversee and direct this plan. In 1991, the SHDM established a Plan of Action and a Master Plan.
The Faubourg Québec project was divided into four phases and residential blocks; for every block within the development, a different architect and developer would be responsible for its design and construction. In order to select an architect for the project’s first phase, the SHDM held an architectural competition in 1992. Both local and international architects submitted designs for the initial phase. Two years later, this first phase, consisting of waterfront condominiums, was designed by the firm Provencher Roy et associés, et Saucier et Pérotte.
The Faubourg Québec project records contain materials belonging to both the Office of the Faubourg Québec project and the various architects and firms involved in envisioning and designing the development of the site. These project records comprise of architectural drawings, consisting of sketches, preliminary, design and presentation drawings. These architectural drawings were conceived by the following collaborators: L'ATELIER de recherches urbaines appliquées; Berridge Lewinberg Greenberg Ltd., urbanistes; Pierre-Luc Dumas, architecte; Dupuis Le Tourneux, architectes; Gauthier Guité Daoust Lestage, architectes et urbanistes; Herman Hertzberger, architecte; Hildebrand Machleidt, architecte; Poullaouec-Gonidec, Jacobs/Bernard Saint-Denis, architectes du paysage; Peter Roper, architecte; Jacques Rousseau, architecte; and Daniel Solomon, architecte.
Textual documentation consists of technical studies and layout plans and include: the Rapport d’étude sur l’aménagement du Faubourg Québec, Jacques Rousseau (1991); Le Carré Viger: Le Faubourg Québec, Melvin Charney (1991); Faubourg Québec: le plan d’action, SHDM (1991); La rue Notre-Dame dans le concept d’aménagement du Faubourg Québec, L’Atelier de recherches urbaines appliquées (1991); and The Master Plan for Faubourg Québec: What to do? How to do it? Getting it done, SHDM (1991). Promotional letters and several articles are also included in these project records.
These project records have been arranged into five series and fifteen subseries. The series and subseries are as follows:
Series Studies (1989-1994)
Subseries Technical studies and reports
Subseries Related documents
Series Sketches and design drawings (1989-1992)
Subseries Drawings by Stephane Tremblay, architect
Subseries Drawings by Jean-Pierre Le Tourneaux, architect
Subseries unidentified drawings
Series Designs produced during the charrette (intensive design sessions) (1990)
Subseries Proposition of Herman Hertzberger, architect
Subseries Propositions of Hildebrand Machleidt, architect and Daniel Solomon, architect
Subseries Drawings by Stephane Tremblay and Jean-Pierre Le Tourneaux
Subseries Unidentified drawings
Series Presentation drawings (1990-1994)
Subseries Preparatory drawings
Subseries Drawings by Dupuis Le Tourneux, Architectes : Possibilités ouvertes par le plan
Subseries Drawings by Poullaec-Gonidec Jacobs, architectes du paysage
Subseries Drawings for the CCA’s 1994 Exhibition, Stratégies urbaines
Subseries Drawings of Peter Roper, architect
Subseries Other presentation drawings
Series Historical documentation relating to the Faubourg Québec site (1993-1994)
The Société d’Habitation et de développement de Montréal is a non-profit para-municipal agency of the City of Montréal. The SHDM is responsible for promoting social and economic growth through the management and development of real estate in Montréal. The Office of the Faubourg Québec Project, an internal office of the SHDM, was in charge of carrying out studies and assessments of the site and selecting plans and guidelines for its redevelopment.
The conception team of the Project Office included Pierre Desjardins as the project’s director and Pierre-Luc Dumas as associate director. The following firms were part of this conception team as well: L’ATELIER de recherches urbaines appliquées; Berridge Lewinberg Greenberg Ltd., urbanistes; Cardinal Hardy et associés, architectes; Dupuis Le Tourneux, architectes; and Provencher Roy et associée, architectes.
The SHDM appointed Phyllis Lambert as president of an advisory committee in charge of evaluating the historical importance of Faubourg Quebec’s site. Faubourg Québec is located outside of the original 18th century fortifications of the old City of Montréal; in 1993, a part of this original wall was uncovered during excavations. Lambert was a member of the SHDM Board of Directors as well.
The SHDM and the Project Office worked in collaboration with numerous architectural and urban design consultants. Every stage of the development was planned by various specialists in urban planning, architecture, real estate development and town planning. The design process was an open process that allowed for all sectors of the community to participate within the context of the project office. The SHDM worked with the Comité logement aménagement d’alerte centre-sud (CLACS) to find a means of integrating collective housing into the project. Additionally, the SHDM worked with the Association provincial des constructeurs d’habitations du Québec (APCHQ), which advised on matters concerning the project’s implementation.
The Faubourg Quebec fonds was donated to the Canadian Centre for Architecture on November 10, 2000 by Pierre-Luc Dumas.
Montréal Island of Montréal Québec Canada
When citing the collection as a whole, use the following citation:
Faubourg Québec project records
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
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