Neighbourhood - Buildings

Dominion Textile



Achitecture

The original building of red brick with buff patterns and terra cotta decorative insertions is representative of the industrial architecture of the late 19th century. The wood and steel structure allows for large small-paned windows and huge interior spaces, minimizing lighting costs and maximizing space use. The towers contain the fire escape stairs, vital for the evacuation of workers in case of emergency: their decorative brick eaves are noteworthy. The building constructed in 1906 is a seven-storey brick warehouse whose convex façade follows the line of the railroad tracks.

With the building's conversion into the Château Saint-Ambroise, the interior was adapted to its new vocation, but many of the original floors were preserved. The space formerly used for unloading trucks and storing merchandise was transformed into gardens and terraces with views of the Lachine Canal.

In all, the complex includes five interconnected buildings, including an administrative building, which also boasts interesting architectural details.

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Merchants Manufacturing Factory
2003
© Parks Canada, Lachine Canal NHSC, © Héritage Montréal

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Merchants Manufacturing Factory

3.5 cm x 2.5 cm
© Jean Bélisle, © Héritage Montréal

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Dominion textile

16.5 cm x 11.4 cm
© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (R-3455.2.002), © Héritage Montréal

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Dominion textile

16.5 cm x 11.4 cm
© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (R-3455.2.001), © Héritage Montréal

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Dominion textile

16.5 cm x 11.4 cm
© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (R-3455.2.003), © Héritage Montréal