KPMG Tower

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KPMG Tower
Montreal KPMG Tower.jpg
General information
Type Office
Location Montreal, Quebec Canada
Coordinates 45°30′15″N 73°34′15″W / 45.504164°N 73.570864°W / 45.504164; -73.570864Coordinates: 45°30′15″N 73°34′15″W / 45.504164°N 73.570864°W / 45.504164; -73.570864
Completed 1987
Height
Roof 146 m (479 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 34
Design and construction
Architect WZMH Architects
References
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The KPMG Tower, formerly Maison des Coopérants or Place de la Cathédrale, is a 34 storey skyscraper located in downtown Montreal that was completed in 1987. It is located at 600 de Maisonneuve Ouest, and has an official height of 146 m (479 ft). The building is owned and operated by global real estate investor, developer and owner Oxford Properties Group.

The KPMG Tower was built on a plot of land owned by the Christ Church Cathedral, which lies directly in front of the building when viewed from Saint Catherine Street. It was designed by WZMH Architects and was styled in order to relate to the cathedral located directly adjacent to it.

The tower incorporates an underground shopping centre known as Promenades Cathédrale as part of the Underground City that is directly connected to the Metro.

Overview[edit]

The building was originally called Maison des Coopérants for the then-anchor tenant, as can be seen on the inscription in the lobby, however it was later named Place de la Cathédrale. At the end of 2005 the tower was renamed to its current name for KPMG, the new anchor tenant that occupies floors 6 to 15.

Part of its local claim to fame was that the Promenades Cathédrale shopping mall underneath the tower, built at the same time, was built directly beneath the existing Christ Church Cathedral. It was a sight to behold, as the Cathedral was perched on top of cement piles with the soil removed from under it, resulting in a cathedral that seemed to be floating in mid air. From time to time, the building administration runs an exhibit in the shopping mall displaying the construction of the complex. A consequence of this arrangement is that the cathedral no longer has its proverbial basement. The functions traditionally done in the church basement are now performed in a space reserved for the church on the third floor of the tower's east side.

At the time of its opening, the shopping mall had three floors with a food court occupying most of the lower floor. Later renovations converted that shopping floor into a second floor of parking garage.

A memorial to Raoul Wallenberg stands in a small park between the office tower and church, where a bust of Wallenberg and a caged metal box (styled as a barbed-wire gate) stand beside each other.

The building features prominently during the 'Temptation of Christ' scene in the 1989 Denys Arcand film Jesus of Montreal reflecting the tower's status as the most prominent and modern skyscraper built in Montreal during the late 1980s as well as its unique relationship with the church.

Tenants[edit]

The building holds offices for the professional services firm KPMG, law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon, and numerous other businesses.

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