Neighbourhood - Buildings

Atwater Market



Achitecture

Designed by Ludger Lemieux and typical of Art Deco and 1930's architecture, the market is built of reinforced concrete covered with buff-coloured brick. It is four stories high and has insertions of artificial stone in the window stools and a ground-level canopy. Until the Second World War, spikes of artificial stone topped the pillars and pilasters, forming a remarkable crown. These were removed for technical reasons. The hip roof is gently sloped, resulting in a slightly vaulted ceiling in the shape of a basket handle arch, hidden today by modern lighting and ventilation systems.

The entire rectangular building is distinguished by symmetry, vertical lines, the placement of the windows, ornamentation, and a reservoir tower with an ornate clock. The patterned friezes that once embellished the interior of the building are now gone, along with the Art Deco lighting fixtures. All that remains are the suspended signs indicating the stall numbers.

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Atwater market

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Atwater market

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