Montréal Architectural Heritage Campaign - A Westmount beauty wins title of Maison coup de coeur for 2011

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 Helen Fotopulos.

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.



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Source:   Martine Painchaud
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
514 872-9998
Information:  Andrée Peltier
514 846-0003

François Goneau
Division des affaires publiques
Ville de Montréal
514 868-5859

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