Atwater Market is a market hall located in the Saint-Henri area of Montreal, Canada. It opened in 1933; the interior market is home to the Première Moisson bakery and restaurant. The outside market has many farmers stalls which sell both local and imported produce, as well as two cheese stores, a wine store specialising in locally produced spirits and a fish store. Quality is very good, although bargains are quite rare; the market's Art Deco building was designed by architect Ludger Lemieux, working with his son, Paul Lemieux. It is located on Atwater Street, near the Lachine Canal and the Lionel-Groulx Metro station, as well as Greene Avenue. A pedestrian bridge, which can be used by bicycles, connects the market to Saint-Patrick Street and to a bicycle path in Pointe-Saint-Charles on the other side of the Lachine Canal; the presence of this bridge explains the popularity of this market with bike riders, who stop there, contributes to the great summer ambiance of the area. The bike path travels from the Old Port of Montreal to the Lachine Marina and is owned and maintained by Parks Canada.
The area east and west of the market has enjoyed a rebirth and gentrification, with a great deal of upscale condominiums being built right on the Lachine Canal and replacing low and modest cost housing. Since the Lachine Canal reopened in 2002, residential property values in the Southwest borough have shot up by 61 per cent, according to Montreal's 2006 property valuation roll, with the highest growth happening around the Atwater Market. Atwater Market takes its name from the adjacent Atwater Street. Atwater Street was named, in 1871, after Edwin Atwater, a municipal alderman of the district of Saint-Antoine. Jean-Talon Market Media related to Atwater Market at Wikimedia Commons Marchés publics de Montréal, the agency that runs the Marché Atwater
The Biosphere is a museum dedicated to the environment. It is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, on Saint Helen's Island in the former pavilion of the United States for the 1967 World Fair, Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada; the museum's geodesic dome was designed by Buckminster Fuller. The architect of this geodesic dome was Buckminster Fuller; the building formed an enclosed structure of steel and acrylic cells, 76 metres in diameter and 62 metres high. It is a Class 1, 32-frequency, double-layer dome, in which the inner and outer layers are connected by a latticework of struts. A complex system of shades was used to control its internal temperature; the sun-shading system was an attempt by the architect to reflect the same biological processes that the human body relies on to maintain its internal temperature. Fuller's original idea for the geodesic dome was to incorporate "pores" into the enclosed system, further likening it to the sensitivity of human skin, but the shading system failed to work properly and was disabled.
Architects from Golden Metak Productions designed the interior exhibition space. Visitors had access to four themed platforms divided into seven levels; the building included a 37-metre-long escalator, the longest built at the time. The Minirail monorail ran through the pavilion. In the afternoon of 20 May 1976, during structural renovations, a fire burned away the building's transparent acrylic bubble, but the hard steel truss structure remained; the site remained closed until 1990. In August 1990, Environment Canada purchased the site for $17.5 million to turn it into an interactive museum showcasing and exploring the water ecosystems of the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River regions. The museum was inaugurated in 1995 as a water museum, is a set of enclosed buildings designed by Éric Gauthier, inside the original steel skeleton; the Biosphère changed its name in 2007 to become an environment museum. It offers interactive activities and presents exhibitions about the major environmental issues related to water, climate change, air and sustainable development.
The structure was used prominently in the original Battlestar Galactica television series episode "Greetings from Earth". Scenes for Robert Altman's post-apocalyptic ice age film Quintet were shot on site as well; the Biosphere appears in the 2003 animated Jacob Two-Two TV episode "Jacob Two-Two and the Notorious Knit Knapper", in which it is used as the headquarters for a group of seniors who plan on knitting a giant tea cosy to cover Montreal. Voice of Fire Biosphere Thin-shell structure List of thin shell structures Biosphère museum website
The Château Dufresne is a historic building in the borough Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal, Canada. It was the residence of Marius Dufresne and Oscar Dufresne, two wealthy French Canadian entrepreneurs who played a major role in the history of the city of Maisonneuve; the Château Dufresne was divided into two separate households, one for each brother. In 1948, the Dufresne family sold the property to the Congregation of the Holy Cross who used it as a pavilion annex of the Holy Cross College. In 1957, the City of Montreal became the new owner of the estate; the Holy Cross College, remained tenant until 1961. The mansion housed Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art from 1965 to 1968 and Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts from 1976 to 1997. Since 1999, the building houses the Château Dufresne Museum, renamed Dufresne-Nincheri Museum in 2014. Built from 1915 to 1918, the mansion was designed by the Parisian architect Jules Renard and Marius Dufresne in the Beaux-Arts style; the architects based their plans on the Petit Trianon in France.
The building has forty rooms covering about 20,000 square feet. The interior was decorated with a series of murals and ceiling paintings by Guido Nincheri in the 1920s and 1930s. Known for his piety and devout religious leanings, the secular subject matter of the Château Dufresne's interior decor is an exception to the rest of Nincheri's artistic career. Alfred Faniel, a Belgian born artist decorated the house at the same period; the Château Dufresne was declared an historic monument by the provincial government in 1976. Château Dufresne is located on Sherbrooke Street East, adjacent to the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Botanical Garden, near the Pie-IX subway station. Château Dufresne is situated at an altitude of 35 m. Château Dufresne Museum The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, Virtual Museum of Canada
Champ-de-Mars station (Montreal Metro)
Champ-de-Mars station is a Montreal Metro station in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Canada. It serves the Orange Line, it is located in Old Montreal by the Champ de Mars park. It opened on October 1966, as part of the original Metro network. Designed by Adalbert Niklewicz, it is a normal side platform station, built in open cut due to the presence of weak Utica shale in the surrounding rock, its entrance is located near a series of tunnels that cross the Autoroute Ville-Marie, giving access to Old Montreal. One of the most important artworks in the Metro, a set of stained glass windows by noted Quebec artist Marcelle Ferron, illuminates the mezzanine of this station; these windows, one of the artist's masterpieces and her most famous work, were given by the Government of Quebec in 1968. They were the first work of non-figurative art to be commissioned for the Metro, representing the first official entrance of Automatist art in the system; this station is named for a public park facing Montreal City Hall.
The name is the French term for a military parade ground. It was crossed by the city's fortifications, demolished in the 19th century, the foundations of which can still be seen, it was turned into a parking lot, replaced by a park in 1980s. Montreal City Hall Old Montreal Old Port Bonsecours Market Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Place Jacques-Cartier Château Ramezay Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site Édifice Lucien-Saulnier Complexe Chaussegros-de-Léry Palais de justice Édifice Jacques-Viger Champ-de-Mars Station - Official page Champ-de-Mars Station - Archive.org Montreal by Metro, metrodemontreal.com - photos and trivia Metro Map
The Château Ramezay is a museum and historic building on Notre-Dame Street in Old Montreal, opposite Montreal City Hall in Montreal, Canada. Built in 1705 as the residence of then-governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay, the Château was the first building proclaimed as a historical monument in Quebec and is the province's oldest private history museum, it was designated a National Historic Sites of Canada in 1949. Over the years, the Château changed owners and functions several times, with Ramezay's descendants selling the manor to the fur-trading Compagnie des Indes. From 1775, it became the Canadian headquarters for the Continental Army. Benjamin Franklin stayed there overnight in 1776, while trying to raise troops to fight for the Americans in the American Revolutionary War. After the conquest until 1849 the house was again used as a governor's residence, this time by the British governors. For official purposes it was known as Government House and was the governor's official Montreal residence which complemented his other residence in Quebec City, a country retreat in Sorel.
In 1878, the building opened its doors to host Université de Montréal's first Faculty of Medicine. The building was bought by the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal and converted into an historical museum and portrait gallery in 1894. Sir Andrew Taylor designed alterations to the Chateau in 1895. Today, the museum's collection is composed of gifts from private Montrealers and is estimated at 30,000 objects, including manuscripts, printed works, numismatic items, ethnological items, works of art, paintings and furniture. From 1997 to 2002, the Château Ramezay underwent indoor and outdoor restorations, including the creation of the Governor's Garden, inaugurated in 2000. In 2003, the Château Ramezay Museum earned the National Award of Excellence from the Landscape Architects of Canada, it has greeted more than a million visitors. Château Ramezay, Official Web site Château Ramezay, Vieux Montreal
The Montreal Biodome is a facility located at Olympic Park in the Montreal neighbourhood of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve that allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas. The building was constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games as a velodrome, it hosted judo events. Renovations on the building began in 1989 and in 1992 the indoor nature exhibit was opened; the Montreal Biodome is one of four facilities that make part of the largest natural science museum complex in Canada, Space for Life, which includes the Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Botanical Garden, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. It is an accredited member of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums; the building was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert as part of his larger plan for an Olympic park that included the Montreal Olympic Stadium and the Olympic pool. The venue was a combined judo facility. Construction of the building began in August 1973, the facility was opened in April 1976.
The velodrome, along with the accompanying Olympic pool inspired Tallibert's designs for Luxembourg's National Sports and Culture Centre. In 1988, a feasibility study was conducted for converting the velodrome into a biodome. Construction started in 1989, the facility was opened to the public on 18 June 1992 as the Montreal Biodome. In the summer of 2003, the Biodome installed an audio guide system that lets visitors get information about what they are viewing, provides statistics to the facility about what the visitors find most interesting. Visitors can rent a receiver programmed to receive French, Spanish, or English for adults, or French or English for children; the facility allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas: The Tropical Forest is a replica of the South American rainforest. The Laurentian Forest is a replica of the North American wilderness; the Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system is an estuary habitat modelled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The Sub-Polar Region is a habitat, divided into Arctic and Antarctic.
All the exhibits are housed inside the former velodrome, used for the cycling and judo events of the 1976 Summer Olympics, with each of the four environments taking up a portion of the stadium. A variety of animals live in each simulated habitat, ranging from the macaws in the Tropical Forest, to the lynx in the Laurentian Forest, to the penguins in the Antarctic and the different kinds of fish that inhabit the waters of the Saint Lawrence River; as well, two new species have been discovered living in the Biodome: the acarian Copidognathus biodomus in the simulated estuary in 1996, the bacterium Nitratireductor aquibiodomus in the water reprocessing system in 2003. In October 2015, it was announced that both the Biodome and the Insectarium would be closing their doors to the public from September 2016 to December 2017, in order to receive a facelift, as part of one of the many ways to celebrate the city of Montreal's 375th anniversary.. The facelift project went back to a bidding process, the Biodome continued to be open to the public through 2017.
Bio-Dome, the film Biosphere 2, the attempt to create a self-contained ecological system Olympic Stadium Official website Space for Life Foundation home page The Glass Ark, a National Film Board of Canada documentary
The Montreal Insectarium is a natural history museum located in Montreal, Canada, featuring a large quantity of insects from all around the world. It is the largest insect museum among the largest insectariums worldwide, it was founded by Georges Brossard and opened on February 7, 1990. Its average attendance is 400,000 visitors per year, it displays both dead insect collections, from butterflies to bees and ants. It is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, along with the Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal Planetarium and the Montreal Biodome. Seen from the sky, the Montréal Insectarium resembles a stylized insect; this can be seen from the observatory of Montréal's Olympic Stadium. The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, Virtual Museum of Canada; the Montreal Insectarium is closed for about two years for renovations from March 11, 2019. The renovated museum is expected to be 68% larger, have new architecture. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology Monsanto Insectarium Insectarium Website