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Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum

Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum

Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum

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Les Soeurs de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame
Les Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice

7 500 000 $

1998

- Grand Prix Orange - Sauvons Montréal, 1998
- Medal of Honour - Historical Society of Montreal, 1998

The Sisters of the Notre Dame Congregation decided to convert the old school adjacent to the historic Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel into a Museum dedicated to the memory of Marguerite-Bourgeoys, the founder of the order. In addition to the building code upgrades, which were incorporated as discreetly as possible, the building was restored in accordance with stringent conservation standards emphasizing the authentic elements and without drowning them in modern reconstructions. New elements that were necessary to be added were expressed in a sober and unambiguous manner.
Five of the classrooms, including their original woodwork and layout, were preserved to recall the original function. A new elevator was installed within the existing structure to provide barrier-free access to the main floor levels. The crypt, located at the basement level below the old chapel, was renovated and the masonry was repaired and exposed. During the project, archaeological remains of the first chapel, constructed during the 17th century, were discovered beneath the nave of the existing chapel.