|Neighbourhood |||Downtown/Old Montreal|
|Getting There |||Guy-Concordia Metro, Saint-Mathieu Exist|
|Cross Street |||Saint-Marc|
|Wed-Sun: 10AM-5PM Thurs: 10AM-9PM Free Thurs: after 5:30PM Guided tours free all weekend.|
Profile Last Updated: March 18, 2009
The Canadian Centre for Architecture was founded in 1979 as a new form of cultural institution to build public awareness of the role of architecture in society. Known for its rich collections which include prints, drawings and photographs from the Renaissance period to today, it has become internationally renowned. Welcoming every year only six to 12 researchers, the competition is tight. Housed in a 130,000 square foot building designed by chief architect Peter Rose, the CCA has won numerous awards and commendations both here and abroad for its tireless efforts in promoting the art of architecture in Montreal and Canada.
Modernity and History
The new building, built in the ‘80s, integrates the Shaughnessy House, a historical site built in the 19th century. The House was once the home of some of the most influential geniuses in architecture. In the beautiful garden of sculptures, the space is both a garden in the city and an architecture museum in the open air. It evokes the richly diverse history of landscape design and initiates a dialogue between nature, architecture and the urban fabric. Activities organized during summer are meant to attract families. Children are especially fond of the models make entirely of recyclable materials. The Canadian Centre for Architecture offers various activities for all ages.
Library and Bookstore
Open to the public by appointment, the library has 200,000 volumes with emphasis on rare books and special collections from the 15th century to the present. It also holds over 4,875 serial titles and a variety of special materials. The bookstore is a specialized boutique for all books on design and architecture.