Change of address: Relocated Montreal home to be included in condo project

One of Montreal's oldest buildings has found a new temporary home, while it waits for its permanent digs to be prepared inside a new condo development.

See Full Article

The Keegan House, a 19th century cottage in the city's downtown neighbourhood of Griffintown, was transported on the back of truck to a new lot 300 metres away Wednesday.

The Anglo-Norman wood-and-brick home, which was built between 1825 and 1835, sat on a plot of land on McCord Street that was slated to become a 14-storey condo development.

Instead of tearing down the historic home, the developer, Maitre-Carre, opted to preserve it and integrate it into the condo.

"It is going to be the living room in the new lobby that we'll be able to use for another 200 years," said Hugo Girard-Beauchamp, the president of Maitre-Carre.

But that has turned out to be no easy task, and Maitre-Carre has had to find a temporary site for the Keegan House during construction on the condo.

The cottage had been moved before. It was previously located on Murray Street, but a school teacher named Andrew Keegan moved it to its current site.

While the house's new location is relatively close to the old one, navigating the home around modern obstacles, such as lamp posts, made Wednesday's move likely more delicate than it was in the past.

"It is a very special operation," said Beauchamp. "It was done back in the day but there weren't any wires … (and) not as much traffic."

But some neighbourhood advocates say Maitre-Carre made the right decision when it opted for the difficult move.

"I am sure it would've been very easy to just destroy the house and to build a new building, but they decided to keep the history," said Damien Siles, executive director of Quartier de L'Innovation.

And the Keegan House is a piece of Montreal history that Beauchamp says he had an obligation to protect.

"We have a responsibility to make sure that if we can preserve our heritage, well we have to do it," he said.

With a report from CTV Montreal Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Wisconsin's Campus Free Speech Act aims to keep doors open as protests stifle lectures

    World News Toronto Sun
    Conservative media commentator Ben Shapiro was just a few minutes into a lecture at the University of Wisconsin Madison last fall when more than a dozen student protesters rose from the audience and began chanting "shame!" and "safety!" in hopes of drowning him out. Source
  • British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated grey slacks. Source
  • Al-Shabab claims responsibility for suicide blast that killed 7 outside Mogadishu police station

    World News CBC News
    At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, police and an ambulance service said Thursday. The bomber was trying to drive into the Waberi district's police station gate but detonated against the wall instead, Capt. Source
  • 'I don't want you to get shooted': Girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting

    World News CTV News
    MINNEAPOLIS -- In the moments after a Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, his handcuffed girlfriend began screaming in the back of a patrol car as her 4-year-old daughter begged her to stop. Squad car video from the July 2016 shooting shows Diamond Reynolds and her daughter in the cruiser, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday. Source
  • Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride

    Canada News CTV News
    Samra Zafar was just 16 years old when her mother told her she would be marrying a 28-year-old man in Canada. Against her wishes, Zafar left her Pakistani family’s home in the United Arab Emirates and started a new life with her husband in Mississauga, Ont. Source
  • Senate ethics committee says Don Meredith harassment inquiry should continue

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — The Senate ethics committee says an investigation into workplace harassment and bullying allegations against Don Meredith should continue. The fact that Meredith is no longer a senator would usually put an end to such an inquiry, but the committee wants the Senate ethics watchdog to press ahead with the probe that began nearly two years ago. Source
  • Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage. Source
  • Paris attacker wanted to be seen as martyr by family: Prosecutor

    World News Toronto Sun
    PARIS — The man killed when he drove his car packed with arms and explosives into a police convoy had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him not as a suicide bomber but as a martyr, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday. Source
  • HBO's John Oliver being sued for defamation by coal industry giant over 24-minute rant

    World News Toronto Sun
    "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver knew he was inviting a legal battle when he used his show Sunday to lambaste one of the country's largest coal mining companies and mock its chief executive. But it had to be done, he said. Source
  • Treasurer's son beats father to death with bat on Father's Day

    World News Toronto Sun
    BARNESVILLE, Pa. — A criminal complaint says an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife, the treasurer of a Pennsylvania county, was fatally beaten by his son with a bat on Father’s Day. State police say in the complaint filed Wednesday that 37-year-old Matthew Marchalk had repeatedly threatened 60-year-old Gary Marchalk in recent months. Source