Maison Radio-Canada

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Maison Radio-Canada
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General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 1400, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Montreal, Quebec
H2L 2M2
Construction started 1971
Completed 1973
Height 105 metres (344 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 24
Design and construction
Architecture firm Tore Björnstad
View from the east, with loading bays, ground-level structures and parking area visible

Coordinates: 45°31′05″N 73°33′04″W / 45.517981°N 73.551021°W / 45.517981; -73.551021 Maison Radio-Canada (sometimes Maison de Radio-Canada) is a skyscraper in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, constructed in 1973 as a home for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's operations in Montreal.

Maison Radio-Canada is the broadcast headquarters for Radio-Canada, the French-language arm of the CBC, serving as the master control point for Radio-Canada's radio and television networks, including Ici Radio-Canada Première, Ici Musique, Ici Radio-Canada Télé and Ici RDI. It is also the main studio for Montréal's English and French-language television stations, CBMT-DT and CBFT-DT respectively, and radio stations CBME-FM, CBM-FM, CBF-FM and CBFX-FM.

Maison Radio-Canada is once again the home of Radio Canada International, which had been in a building down the street. The street address of Maison Radio-Canada is 1400 René Lévesque Boulevard East, fittingly named for former premier René Lévesque, who was once a reporter and commentator for the CBC. The building is situated just a couple of blocks away from the studios of CTV Montreal (CFCF-DT), RDS, RDS Info, MétéoMédia, LCN, and CFTM-DT (TVA Montreal) situated at the intersection of Papineau Avenue.

The analogous facility for CBC's English language networks is the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. CBC's corporate headquarters are in Ottawa in the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre.

Geography[edit]

The building is accessible within walking distance east of Beaudry Station of the Montreal Metro.

For the building itself to be built, most of the Faubourg à m'lasse working-class neighborhood had to be demolished. On October 1, 1963, the last house was evacuated so the demolition project could go ahead.[1]

Redevelopment[edit]

As of November 2008, consultations are underway to redevelop the area around Maison Radio-Canada facilities.[2]

The new plans for the eastern part of the present site includes 2000 housing units, offices, commercial space, and public spaces. To be all housed and located at 1450 René Lévesque Boulevard East, which will be covering a space of about three city blocks. Furthermore, the new development would re-link the street grid through the site, following the razing of a working class Sainte-Marie, Montreal neighborhood popularly known as Faubourg à m'lasse in the 1960s to make way for the Radio-Canada complex.[3]

As of May 2015, the project was halted.[4] The project was relaunched in November 2016, with Broccolini Group selected to construct the new building and Groupe Mach chosen to take over the existing building and reconvert it to new uses.[5] The project is currently planned for completion in 2020, pending approval by the Treasury Board of Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archives.radio-canada.ca/societe/histoire/topics/1069-5953/
  2. ^ Spacing Montreal
  3. ^ Corriveau, Jeanne (13 December 2008). "Réinventer le "Faubourg à m'lasse"" (in French). Montreal: Le Devoir. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Forest-Allard, Hélène (7 May 2015). "MRC Project: CBC/Radio-Canada rejects proposal". Montreal: CBC. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "CBC picks group to build new Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal". Montreal Gazette, November 23, 2016.

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