Downtown Montreal might be getting a new addition to its skyline. A proposal outlined in Montreal City Council documents calls for the construction of a 25-storey skyscraper at the site of a Hudson's Bay store.
The proposal aims to demolish a portion of the structure built in the '60s and build a tower with some 63,000 square metres of office space.
heigh of the proposed tower
Towering above Boulevard de Maisonneuve, the new building would consist of four layered blocks, three of which would "overhang" a section of the store constructed in the 1920s.
The proposal calls for each layer to have a landscaped roof. The oldest section of the store — the famous structure right across from Square Philips — would also have a publicly accessible rooftop terrace.
This part of the building, known as the Colonial House, would be restored.
What's now the Hudson's Bay building opened in 1891 as the location of a local store called Morgan's.
According to HBC Heritage, it quickly became one of Montreal's landmark retail locations and helped turn Ste-Catherine street into a shopping destination.
Hudson's Bay purchased Morgan's in 1960.
The store most recently underwent renovations in 2001, according to Hudson's Bay.