1932 – The Chalet, Mont Royal, Montreal

Architect: Aristide Beaugrand-Champagne



At the beginning of the 1930s, the City of Montréal decided to replace the existing pavilions with a spacious heated building. Like the work site at lac aux Castors, the construction of the Chalet, in 1931-1932, was one of the large make-work projects undertaken to reduce the unemployment caused by the Great Depression. The building is a study in contrasts with its imposing size, its luxurious materials (marble, granite), and its elegant doors and paintings by great artists, that combined make it a beautiful, opulent building. The gabled tile roof has a large cornice that overhangs the front of the chalet.

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