Ottawa to spend $851K on Grey Nuns house

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - SU­SAN SCHWARTZ

The fed­eral govern­ment will in­vest $851,000 in the con­ser­va­tion of the down­town mother house of the Grey Nuns of Mon­treal, Lib­eral MP Marc Miller an­nounced Thurs­day as he un­veiled a plaque from the His­toric Sites and Mon­u­ments Board of Canada to com­mem­o­rate the build­ing’s na­tional his­toric im­por­tance. The large stone struc­ture on René-Lévesque Blvd. between Guy and St-Mathieu Sts. was bought by Con­cor­dia Univer­sity in 2007.

The Sis­ters of Char­ity, bet­ter known as the Grey Nuns, were founded in 1737 by Mar­guerite d’You­ville and three com­pan­ions to treat the sick. For more than 130 years, the house served as the res­i­dence of the Grey Nuns and the place they did their work of serv­ing the dis­ad­van­taged and aban­doned.

The last el­derly nun moved out in 2013 and the build­ing was re­pur­posed as a stu­dent res­i­dence in 2014. Its chapel was trans­formed into a 234-seat read­ing room.

The project, to in­volve ex­te­rior work only, will tar­get sec­tions of the chapel build­ing in­clud­ing ma­sonry, win­dow and or­na­men­tal restora­tion. Work is to con­tinue through­out win­ter, and the aim is to com­plete the 10-month project by next sum­mer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.