MONTREAL, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Helen Fotopulos, member of the
Montréal Executive Committee responsible for culture, heritage, design,
and the status of women, today announced the winner of the Maison coup de coeur contest held as part of the Montréal Architectural Heritage Campaign
2011. The house that won Montrealers' hearts and received the most
votes is located at 344, avenue Metcalfe in the City of Westmount. The
owners of the property, Leigh and Nino Guerriero, were congratulated by
Helen Fotopulos for their exemplary contribution to preserving
architectural heritage on the Island of Montréal.
"I am pleased to honour the property owners who help to safeguard the
city's built heritage. Montréal boasts outstanding architectural
treasures that give the city unique charm and character, which we love
to discover again and again. These unique properties, such as the one
we are celebrating today, tell the story of all those who have helped
shape the city's architecture and lifestyle. Preserving, maintaining,
repairing, replacing and duplicating are key words that prove the
dedication and hard work of property owners who share a passion for
heritage. Congratulations to all those who take pride in looking after
the city's built heritage according to good trade practices," said
Maison coup de coeur for 2011
This remarkable Westmount gem, which was built in 1880, features
Victorian decor and ornamentation, gables, projections and several
building parts. The two verandas are crowned with a half-sun inserted
in the gable.
The intricate woodwork adds to the property's architectural complexity.
The large veranda and balcony feature carved columns, turned balusters
and rounded brackets that enhance the look of the property. This
elaborate decor reflects the Queen Anne influence at that period. The
restoration work a few years ago on the second floor balcony and
woodwork on the façade helped preserve the distinctive elements that
add to the value of the home.
The other four finalist properties are located at 410, chemin Lakeshore
(Beaconsfield); 172, 80e Avenue (LaSalle); 300, avenue Outremont (Outremont); and 265, rue du
Square-Saint-Louis (Plateau Mont-Royal).
The results of the vote were revealed as part of a ceremony held at the
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, which was attended by Robert Turgeon,
President of the Fondation Héritage Montréal. The public was invited to
vote for one of the five finalist homes pre-selected from among 24
winning properties of a 2011 Heritage Emeritus Award given by a jury of
architecture experts. Some 12,000 votes were received this year.
The 21st Montréal Architectural Heritage Campaign is made possible by
the Ville de Montréal and Fondation Héritage Montréal, in association
with the Laurentian Bank. The Maison coup de coeur contest is held in cooperation with the Greater Montreal Real Estate
Board and Historia.
SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - CABINET DU MAIRE ET DU COMITE EXECUTIF
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| Source: || Martine Painchaud |
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
| Information: || Andrée Peltier |
| François Goneau |
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Ville de Montréal