The conversion of the Erskine and American Church and the construction of the new Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art demonstrate the Museum’s commitment to contributing to the preservation of built cultural heritage while pursuing its vocation of promoting our artistic heritage, past and present.
The project meets contemporary museum requirements and blends harmoniously into the existing architectural surroundings while showcasing the building’s historical connection.
The endeavour’s two main construction and conservation components offer a unique opportunity to create a site with an exceptionally rich heritage and give the church renewed purpose housing the MMFA’s permanent collection of Canadian art.
“Not only was this recognized as a complex architectural program that was masterfully fulfilled purely from a museological point of view, but the design was seen as skillfully responsive to its immediate urban context. Compositionally, it is respectful of its historic neighbours while being of its time. The use of materials clearly articulates the new addition and through its contrast highlights the timeless quality of the existing church. As the design extends out to the street and beyond, it enhances the overall quality of the public realm. One can easily see that this project is meritorious from the point of view of architecture, historic preservation and urban design.”