Windsor station

Client : Cadillac Fairview Year : 2021 Budget : 48 M$ Area : 10 578 square meters Location : Montréal, QC

Masonry facades restoration and replacement of windows

Awards and Honours

2023 - Heritage Program - Bringing Montreal's heritage back to life

2022 - CAHP - Merit Prize - Conservation category

2022 - Excellence Awards - Heritage Enhancement

2022 - Gold Certification - Commercial building

2022 - Silver Certification - Heritage Enhancement

Photo credits : Damien Ligiardi

This five-year restoration project consisted of the complete rehabilitation of the masonry of all the facades and the replacement of all the windows (1115 units) with wood frames.

Photo credits : Damien Ligiardi
Windsor Station, classified as a heritage building by the MCCQ, stands at the southwest corner of the complex formed by Dorchester Square and Place du Canada. Its construction began between 1887 and 1889 according to the plans of the American architect Bruce Price. The Price Building, dominated by an eight-storey tower, was intended to serve as a railway station and to house the head offices of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
To the original part (1887-1889), additions were made between 1900-1906 based on the plans of Montreal architect Edward Maxwell. The Maxwell wing is distinguished by its monumental porch. Then, between 1909-1914, another wing signed by the American architect W.S Painter (Painter Wing) and including a fifteen-story tower completed the building in its current configuration.
Photo credits : Damien Ligiardi
Our inspections and surveys of the condition of the exterior heritage fabric revealed the deterioration of a significant portion of the heritage envelope. We prepared a work plan to undertake the conservation of the entire building.

In addition to the complete rehabilitation of the masonry on all facades and the replacement of all the wood-framed windows (1115 units), this five-year project also included the complete reconstruction of the North Tower, the restoration of all the ornaments of the South Tower and those of the Peel Street entrance (woodwork, doors, cast iron frames and bronze hardware).
All interventions regarding the exterior envelope of the building have undergone a rigorous examination and approval process by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (MCCQ) as well as by the Conseil du patrimoine de la Ville de Montréal.
Photo credits : Damien Ligiardi
Photo credits : Damien Ligiardi
Photo credits : Damien Ligiardi
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