Neighbourhood - Public spaces

Saint-Henri Square


Design

Inspired by 16th-century Italian gardens, the original square was designed with a focus on symmetry and the creation of vistas to promote relaxation. It was laid out around a Second Empire-style cast iron fountain surmounted by a statue of Jacques Cartier, the work of Joseph-Arthur Vincent. The square was landscaped with grass and trees and fitted with a dozen benches. In addition, several footpaths crisscrossed the square: one around the perimeter, four from the sides to the centre, four to the corners, and another around the fountain. Today, some of the elms have disappeared and the fountain is surrounded by a fence.