Part of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal is officially recognized as a heritage site, the Quebec government announced on Saturday.
In the Ancienne-Cité-de-Maisonneuve, buildings now protected under the Cultural Heritage Act include the town hall which has become the library, the public market which has become a community centre, the fire station which has become Center Nutrilait, and the Morgan Bath swimming pool.
“The Old City of Maisonneuve is of unique heritage interest. There is no doubt that the historical and architectural values of these properties, located in our metropolis, have contributed to forging the cultural identity of Montreal and Quebec,” said Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy in a press release. .
Morgan Park, as well as two bronze sculpture-fountains by artist Alfred Laliberté, will also be protected.
L’Ancienne-Cité-de-Maisonneuve, founded in 1883, is mainly organized around Boulevard Morgan, now Avenue Morgan.
According to the Quebec government website, Maisonneuve ranked fifth among Canadian industrial towns in 1910, largely for its role in shoe manufacturing.
The city was annexed to Montreal in 1918 after being hit by an economic crisis following the First World War.