Square Dorchester place du Canada
Square Dorchester place du Canada
Montréal (Québec), Canada

Commemoration and restoration plan for a public square

Dorchester Square was Canada’s wealthiest neighborhood at the end of the nineteenth century; its monuments and surrounding edifices are emblematic of the history and fabric of Montréal. Built between 1876 and 1880 upon a desacralized cemetery where 50,000 human remains are still buried, the square is significant in terms of archeology, architecture, and landscape history.

Commemoration of site history is foregrounded in the project. A subtle ground pattern of cross prints in staggered rows recalls the cemetery below. The proposal aims to restore the original Victorian public square, enhance links to urban generators of social activity, and remove incompatible uses to this classic oasis of grandeur in one of the city’s most venerable districts.

Client
City of Montréal

Collaboration
Consortium Cardinal Hardy / Claude Cormier + Associés inc. (Consortium CHA et CC+A)

Awards

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Regional Honor – Design Category – Renewal of Square Dorchester

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Regional Honor – Planning and Analysis Category – Square Dorchester and Place du Canada

2016 Tucker Design Award

Year
2008-2010

Status
Built

Categories
Heritage
Master Plan
Park
Plaza / Garden
Consortium CHA et CC+A
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Consortium CHA et CC+A
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Consortium CHA et CC+A
BEFORE, Consortium CHA et CC+A
BEFORE, Consortium CHA et CC+A
BEFORE, Consortium CHA et CC+A
BEFORE, Consortium CHA et CC+A
Square Dominion, detail of the Atlas Pinsonneault, Archives nationales du Canada, Ottawa, NMC-16305
Square Dominion (circa 1935) Collard, Edgar Andrew (1971), The Story of Dominion Square / Place du Canada, Don Mills, Longman Canada Limited, p. 47.
Square Dominion (1927), Archives nationales du Québec, Montréal
Plan, Consortium CHA et CC+A
Section, Consortium CHA et CC+A
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Montreal Canada East, From the Mountain Edwin Whitefield (1852), Edwin Whitefield, 1852, Archives nationals du Canada, Ottawa, c-622
General view with 11AS3 being excavated, Francis Lamothe (Ethnoscop)
Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Consortium CHA et CC+A
Denis Tremblay, Ville de Montréal
Denis Tremblay, Ville de Montréal
Dominion Square, Montreal, watercolor from Albert Cloutier, 1953, from the book Cities of Canada.
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