Maison Radio-Canada

Maison Radio-Canada is a skyscraper in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, constructed in 1973 as broadcast headquarters and master control for all French-language radio and television services of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (known in French as Société Radio-Canada). It is also the main studio for Montreal's local English-language CBC services (CBMT-DT, CBME-FM, and CBM-FM) and the headquarters of Radio Canada International, the CBC's digital international broadcasting service.

Maison Radio-Canada
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice
Location1400, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Montreal, Quebec
H2L 2M2
Construction started1971
Completed1973
Height105 metres (344 ft)
Technical details
Floor count24
Design and construction
Architecture firmTore Björnstad

The street address of Maison Radio-Canada is 1400 René Lévesque Boulevard East, named for former premier René Lévesque who was once a reporter and commentator for the CBC. The building is situated near the studios of CTV Montreal (CFCF-DT), RDS, RDS Info, MétéoMédia, LCN, and CFTM-DT (TVA Montreal) which are 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 for both languages are in Ottawa at the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre.

Geography

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

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

The new plans for the eastern part of the present site includes 2000 housing units, offices, commercial space, and public spaces at 1450 René Lévesque Boulevard East, which will cover about three city blocks. Furthermore, the new development would relink the street grid through the site, following the 1960s razing of a working-class Sainte-Marie, Montreal neighbourhood in Sainte-Marie, Montreal, that was popularly known as Faubourg à m'lasse to make way for the Radio-Canada complex.[2]

As of May 2015, the project was halted.[3] 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.[4] The project is currently planned for completion in 2020.[5]

References

  1. Internet et Services numériques, Archives numérisées. "Ici la Maison de Radio-Canada - Les Archives de Radio-Canada". archives.radio-canada.ca.
  2. Corriveau, Jeanne (13 December 2008). "Réinventer le "Faubourg à m'lasse"" (in French). Montreal: Le Devoir. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
  3. Forest-Allard, Hélène (7 May 2015). "MRC Project: CBC/Radio-Canada rejects proposal". Montreal: CBC. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. "CBC picks group to build new Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal". Montreal Gazette, November 23, 2016.
  5. "Montreal's new Maison de Radio-Canada is smaller but better, execs say". Montreal Gazette, April 26, 2019.
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