Eaton's Ninth Floor

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Eaton's Ninth Floor

The Montreal Eaton's 9th floor restaurant (also known simply known as "The Ninth Floor" or "Le 9e") is an endangered Art deco landmark in Montreal, Canada. It has not been open or accessible to the public since 1999.

History[edit]

Lady Eaton was the wife of the multi-millionaire owner of the former Eaton's chain of department stores in Canada. For several decades she endeavoured to give her own interpretation of "class and style" to the major stores in the chain. The first six floors of the Eaton's building were constructed in 1927 by architects Ross & MacDonald and the roof elevation and top three floors were added in 1931.[1] On January 26, 1931 Lady Eaton opened a large art deco restaurant on the top (9th) floor of the Montreal Eaton's store located at 677 Saint Catherine Street West. The restaurant was designed by the architect Jacques Carlu and[2] the floor to ceiling mural at the back of tth restaurant was created by the architect's wife Natacha Carlu.[3] It was a very close copy of the first class dining hall of her favourite transatlantic liner, the Ile de France.

After being closed for several years following Eaton's bankruptcy in 1999, the 9th floor restaurant was given heritage status by the Québec government. Plans for retrofitting the restaurant to modern safety standards were drawn up by Fournier, Gersovitz, Moss et associés, a Montreal architectural firm but have yet to be implemented. Currently it is mothballed and slowly deteriorating. On February 12, 2014 Heritage Montreal announced the iconic restaurant was "under observation" due to the building's uncertain future.[4]

This restaurant is now the largest memento of the defunct liner and is a registered historical site. It has been the locale for rites of passage and/or female bonding activities over several generations, as described in the National Film Board of Canada documentary Les Dames du 9e, known in English as The Ladies of the 9th Floor. The main 9th floor corridor leading from the elevators to the restaurant is also finished in the art deco style.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Anderson, Carol and Mallinson, Katharine. Lunch with Lady Eaton: Inside the Dining Rooms of a Nation, Toronto: ECW Press, 2004.
  • Cohen-Rose, Sandra. Northern Deco: Art Deco Architecture in Montreal. Montreal: Corona Publishers,1996 Sandra Cohen-Rose. ISBN 0-919631-06-1
  • Martin, Catherine. The Ladies of the 9th Floor. 60 minute film. Winner of the 1998 Telefilm Canada prize for short and medium length films.
  1. ^ Ross & Macdonald Architects, “General Specifications for Extensions to Store for The T. Eaton Co. Limited of Montréal,” 19 Feb. 1930, Ross & Macdonald Fonds (Canadian Centre for Architecture – Archives) 5-10.
  2. ^ Chung, Andrew (May 17, 2009). "Deprived of an art deco wonder". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ "A postcard with a photograph of the Eatons' Restaurant on the 9th floor, ca.1931". Art Deco and the decorative arts in the 1920s and 1930 digital exhibition. McGill University Library. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Peritz, Ingrid. "Future uncertain for famed Montreal Art Deco restaurant". Globe and Mail. Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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