Centre St. Remembers

Release Date: 
9 April 2010 - 8:00am

Montreal - Walking along Center Street, a passersby will soon be able to remember various times in the life of the Point St. Charles neighborhood.  From Richmond Street to d’Argenson Street, a dozen photo interpretation panels, grouped together in themes, will be displayed in the windows along the street.

This project is a joint effort by the Société d’histoire de Pointe-Saint-Charles, the Direction de l’aménagement urbain et des services aux entreprises du Sud-Ouest, the local merchants association in the area and various other businesses in the Southwest. They have all participated in this effort with the hope that it will help with the main objective of revitalizing Center St.

At the end of the 1850’s, when Centre St. appears on surveyor’s plans, it does not correspond either to a route that joined the former concessions, or even to a path that could have been borrowed from either the Amerindian or the “coureurs des bois”.  Centre Street, perfectly straight, is actually the result of the work by these surveyors.  It generally crosses the former property of the Sulpiciens, alongside the Lachine Canal.

The surveyor’s plan, and subsequent sale of property lots, resulted in Center St. becoming an important artery in the area which eventually became the neighborhood of Point St. Charles.

Many aspects of the life of this community are explored in this exposition which includes photo panels which outline the type of work, the leisure activities, the era of the trams, the immigration from Eastern Europe etc. - All of which contributed to the present day vibrant life in the community.

Many of the documents that note this historical journey "Centre Street Remembers" are from the archives of the Pointe-Saint-Charles History Society.  This project was realized thanks to the generosity of the members of the Society, and others, who provided their old photos and allowed them to be reproduced; - as well, there are some images provided by some contemporary photographers among the members.

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