Église St-James
Église St-James
Montréal (Québec), Canada

Church parvis

Constructed in 1889 as the largest Methodist church in the country, Saint James survived the lean years of the depression by building a veil of commercial real estate at its front steps. This concealed its neo-Gothic French façade and completely eliminated its public square facing Sainte-Catherine Street. Eighty years later, the veil has been lifted and the church façade restored, breathing new life into the public square. We installed a wall-to-wall herring bone paving of black granite, forming a dramatic stage floor to complement the theatrical red limestone façade. This graphically stunning pavement gives the church a renewed, bold presence in a dense downtown streetscape.

Client
L. M. Sauvé

Area
900 m2 (0,2 acre)

Awards

Orange Medal – Sauvons Montréal / Héritage-Montréal
Restauration of St-James Church, Downtown Montreal

Year
2004-2006

Status
Built

Categories
Heritage
Institutional
Plaza / Garden
Perspective 02, Groupe Cardinal Hardy, October 2005
Marc Cramer, October 2007

Perspective 02, Groupe Cardinal Hardy, October 2005

Plan, CC+A, April 2006

Historical photograph, Notman Photographic Archives, McCord Museum, around 1900

Marc Cramer, October 2007

Perspective 02, Groupe Cardinal Hardy, October 2005