Five churches that have found a new vocation

The potential sale of the Saint-Enfant-Jésus church in Pointe-aux-Trembles has raised several questions on social networks concerning its future. In Montreal, however, we managed to give a second life to several churches. Here are five successful examples of transformed churches.

Paradox Theater, Le Sud-Ouest

It is in the nave of the former Church of Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours that the Paradoxe Theater was born in 2014. It presents all types of events, from concerts to gala.

The project was coordinated by the Bâtir son quartier organization. The idea: to make a link between the potential of the place and the community mission of the theater manager, the Paradoxe Group.

To do this, the basement of the church was fitted out for the activities of Groupe Paradoxe, which offers training in the performing arts.

In addition, housing with community support for reintegrating young people has been created in the presbytery.

Although several works have been done in the church, stained glass windows and an organ have been preserved. The wood from the church pews was even reused for the construction of the small bars.

Sainte-Germaine-Cousin site, Pointe-aux-Trembles

Since 2015, an early childhood center (CPE) and homes for the elderly have occupied the site of the former Sainte-Germaine-Cousin church.

The church had to close its doors in 2005 because its roof was contaminated with asbestos. However, the Heritage Council of the City of Montreal opposed its demolition.

The Mainbourg Corporation, which acquired the site, worked with the Bâtir son quartier organization to set up a social housing project reserved for seniors, Les Habitations Sainte-Germaine-Cousin.

The old church has thus been transformed into an early childhood center. A community hall has also been set up there.

In order to make the old place of worship suitable for receiving children, a lot of work had to be done. The roof had to be removed asbestos, while security arrangements had to be put in place.

In addition, several original aspects of the church built in 1960 have been preserved. For example, the fully glazed walls have been preserved, recalling the brightness of the original church.

The Chic pop restaurant, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Since 2004, Le Chic resto pop has served affordable meals in the former Saint-Mathias-Apôtre church.

In order to have more space for its activities, the social integration and economy organization bought the church in 2002, which was abandoned. His proposal: to perpetuate the community mission of the church, while respecting the original architectural and stylistic components of the building.

To this day, the rooms flooded with light are reminiscent of the original church built in 1950. The layout retains several elements reminiscent of the original places, such as the nave and the aisle.

The main architectural modification to the church was the installation of community kitchens in the basement.

Le Saint-Jude Espace Tonus, Plateau Mont-Royal

The Sanctuary of the Rosary and Saint-Jude has experienced an unusual change of vocation. Indeed, the old place of worship was transformed in 2013 into a spa and sports center.

To achieve this, the interior of the old Dominican church has been completely reorganized.

The new space now offers an aesthetic where old and new come together. For example, stained glass windows from the church built in 1905 stand alongside modern physical training equipment.

However, the exterior facade is virtually untouched.

In 2006, the church was put up for sale. Three business partners bought it soon after. But they will have to wait until 2011 for the final version of the church transformation project to be accepted by the district.

Condos Place Delacroix, Rosemont ― La Petite-Patrie

Real estate developer Rachel Julien has acquired the church of Saint John of the Cross in 2014.

Seventy condominiums were built in the old church.

The adjacent presbytery has been transformed into a community building in order to preserve the social vocation of the church. It hosts the La Petite-Patrie Family Center, which houses three organizations: La Maisonnette des parents, La place des Enfants and the Golden Age Club Les Amandiers.

The facade has been preserved almost entirely. Only a few modifications hint at the interior changes.

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