Saint Henri Square

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Saint Henri Square
Square Saint-Henri
Parc Saint-Henri 05.JPG
The Jacques Cartier Monument in Saint Henri Square
Saint Henri Square is located in Montreal
Saint Henri Square
Type Town square
Location Saint Henri, Le Sud-Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°28′48″N 73°35′11″W / 45.48008°N 73.58629°W / 45.48008; -73.58629Coordinates: 45°28′48″N 73°35′11″W / 45.48008°N 73.58629°W / 45.48008; -73.58629
Created 1893
Operated by City of Montreal

Saint Henri Square (French: Saint-Henri Square) is a town square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the middle of the Saint Henri neighbourhood, in the borough of Le Sud-Ouest. The square is bordered by Saint Antoine Street West to the north, Agnès Street to the west, Place Guay to the south and Laporte Avenue to the east.[1]

In 1890, the former city of Saint Henri acquired land off Saint Antoine Street to create a small public park surrounded by the homes of the local bourgeoisie. It would be the first public park in Saint Henri.[2] A commission for a monument to French explorer Jacques Cartier was made shortly after to Quebec sculptor Joseph-Arthur Vincent. In 1893, the statue of Jacques Cartier was installed in a basin in the centre of the square.[2]

The square is surrounded by Victorian row houses and triplexes which were built for members of the local elite.[2]

Jacques Cartier Monument[edit]

Jacques Cartier Monument
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Coordinates 45°28′48″N 73°35′11″W / 45.48008°N 73.58629°W / 45.48008; -73.58629
Location Saint Henri Square
Designer Joseph-Arthur Vincent
Type Monument
Material Cast iron
Height 9 metres (30 ft)
Opening date 1893
Dedicated to Jacques Cartier

The Jacques Cartier Monument is a monument in Saint Henri Square. The monument to Jacques Cartier was unveiled in 1893. It was designed by Joseph-Arthur Vincent.[2] It stands 9 metres (30 ft) tall and is made of cast iron.[3]

In the 1990s, the Cartier statue was replaced with a copy after having crumbled due to exposure. In 1992, working from the original and archival photographs, the sculptor Jules Lasalle produced a faithful interpretation of the original. The original statue of Jacques Cartier by Joseph-Arthur Vincent was moved to the Place-Saint-Henri (Montreal Metro) and placed in a light shaft over the Côte-Vertu platform.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saint-Henri Square". Montreal in Sites. Heritage Montreal. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "FICHE DU SECTEUR Parc Saint-Henri" (in French). Grand répertoire du patrimoine bâti de Montréal. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Monument à Jacques Cartier". L'art public à Montréal (in French). Ville de Montréal. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 

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