By : hART design inc
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 15th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Heritage Enhancement : Bronze Certification
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Renovation : Silver Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Multi-unit Housing ≤ 4 storeys : Bronze Certification
Dating from 1894, this small duplex in Vieux-Terrebonne, located at 37-39 rue Saint-Joseph, has undergone several modifications since its initial construction. During its recent heritage evaluation, architecture and engineering professionals noted that its deterioration was very advanced and would not allow for a fair representation of the historical and architectural richness of the district.
A selective and exploratory interior demolition made it possible to understand the evolution of the building. Thus, at the start, the 2-storey building – with only a depth of 15 feet – was later extended to nearly double, in the back. In addition, curettage revealed crucial clues as to the types, sizes, and locations of doors and windows. Rich in this acquired knowledge, the first phase of the work aimed to restore the main façade to its original state, from the foundation to the cornice, including the corbels. A true tribute to the modest heritage of Vieux-Terrebonne, this project continues to enhance Saint-Joseph Street, whose high-quality restoration was directly related to the vision of Mr. Philippe Lemieux, an attentive client and valued collaborator.
The second phase of the work made it possible to ensure the complete renovation of the 2 units of the original building in addition to a 3rd unit located in a new addition projecting towards the back courtyard. This new volume, of contemporary style, is spread over 3 floors. The terrace on the top floor offers an exceptional and unique view of the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. The new unit is accessible by a passage between the buildings, helping in the identification of the old and the new. The courtyard is generous and intimate, framed by contemporary and neighboring heritage facades, offering all tenants a complementary and eclectic living environment in itself that values both past and present architectural expression.