JOHN L. MORRIS RESIDENCE
Client: Acadia Residences
Montreal, QC. Canada
PRIVATE RESIDENCE - RESTORATION
Le Mille Carré Doré, a privileged place of residence of the English bourgeoisie at the end of the 19th century, is one of Montreal's richest historical heritage districts. Several historic buildings have survived the test of time and today bear witness to the splendor of the era. Among them is the John L. Morris Residence, a Victorian house of Scottish red sandstone, erected in 1896.
The residence, which became uninhabitable after years of vacancy, was bought in the early 2000s by Acadia Apartments Inc.
Smith Vigeant Architects oversaw the entire renovation project, which was done with the greatest respect for the heritage of the house. The glazing and interior and exterior woodwork were restored in collaboration with specialized craftsmen.
The addition of a solarium at the rear of the house was designed to harmonize with the existing structure. SVA also played the role of implementation facilitator, managing the construction and transformation permit procedures, which are very complex because they are framed by several regulations for the protection of historical and cultural heritage.