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Location DB > Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Redpath Sugars
Redpath Sugars
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created by cjb on 8/10/2003 2:03 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 4/25/2022 5:33 PM
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Several buildings articulated around an inner yard. The biggest remaining building is 8 stories high. Originally, the highest building was 12 floors; demolished during the early 80s.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Easy - shop, buy a condo, "rock" climb the silos
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Corner Montmorency and St-Patrick
Montreal, Quebec
Owner: Mixed investors
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    The best graffiti spot ever in Canada, maybe more. Provided interesting exploration. Currently the site access is easy, just walk in the courtyard (but the buildings are now lofts so getting inside will be slightly harder!).
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1854
    Closed: 1979
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    First factory to be built in Canada, this building has a huge historic value and even an architectural one. Too bad they're using it for upscale condos, a museum would have been the right use.

    Construction began on the refinery in 1854. In 1871, George Drummond, manager of the refinery, designed and built a new wing east of the existing buildings. After closing in 1876 due to a depression, the refinery reopened in 1879 and began expansion and modernization of its facilities. A new refinery was built in 1892 and in 1908 the original refinery was torn down and a new six-story building was constructed on the old building's foundations. A seven story building was added in 1912 and a new boiler house and packing building built in 1925. The refinery closed in 1979 and in 1982 the site was subject to partial demolition. In 1999 controversy arose over proposals to convert refinery into condominiums.

    Architect: Ostell, John
    Alteration Architect: George A. Drummond (1871)

    Was partially demolished and renovated. Currently open an active for mixed use. Office space, retail, condos, and the silos have climbing walls inside of them...,.
     Media Coverage
    100s, 1000s of articles featuring Redpath since its closure 30 years ago

    Points of note in this press release:
    * Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Archaeology, Pointe-a-Calliere,
    from November 25, 2003 - April 25, 2004
    As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, Redpath Sugars is currently sponsoring a special exhibition at the Pointe-à-Callière, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History. The exhibition, called Dreams and Realities Along the Lachine Canal, examines the industrial and social history of the canal and surrounding working-class neighborhood, as well as the canal’s importance in establishing Montreal as a major industrial center. The exhibition also profiles five local industries of the time (1850-1950) including Redpath Sugars (originally known as Canada Sugar Refinery). Images and artefacts from the Redpath Sugar Museum in Toronto form part of the display.
     Future Plans
    Site renovation started in 2001 but is still underway and is far from beeing finished. About 40% of the remaining buildings got demolished earlier this year. As of November 2004, renovations are almost finished on the buildings facing Lachine Canal. The buildings facing St-Patrick street are still to be renovated (to be transformed into a parking lot and more lofts).
    Success was sweet for Scots-born stonemason
    Sun, Aug 15th, 2004
    posted by Emperor Wang

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     Photo Galleries
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    SPEK's selection of the old days 1995-1998
    Mon, Aug 11th, 2003
    posted by SPEK Photo
    24 pictures
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    SPEK's 2003 selection
    Sat, Aug 30th, 2003
    posted by SPEK Photo
    13 pictures
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    PhoBac's Redpath Pictures
    Thu, Jan 15th, 2004
    posted by PhoBac
    80 pictures
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    Wed, Mar 3rd, 2004
    posted by ex-goose-villager
    3 pictures
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    SPEK's 2004 loft construction update.
    Wed, Mar 3rd, 2004
    posted by SPEK Photo
    8 pictures
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    SPEK's Historical Warp-Zone.
    Thu, Mar 4th, 2004
    posted by SPEK Photo
    11 pictures
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    Tue, Apr 6th, 2004
    posted by CDM
    1 pictures
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    Redpath silos (or sugar sticks)
    Tue, Jul 26th, 2005
    posted by nel58
    22 pictures
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    My old pictures of Redpath, 1998-2000
    Tue, Feb 28th, 2006
    posted by cjb
    9 pictures
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    More historical pictures
    Tue, Feb 28th, 2006
    posted by cjb
    6 pictures
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    Charlie's Stuff
    Sat, Apr 15th, 2006
    posted by Charlie_Dunver
    27 pictures
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    Sun, Apr 16th, 2006
    posted by nostra-YOUPPI!
    1 pictures
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    Wed, May 10th, 2006
    posted by tijeff
    16 pictures

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    SPEK's Redpath wall of fame.
    Mon, Feb 23rd, 2004
    posted by SPEK Photo
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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 4/25/2022 5:33 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Apr 25 22 at 17:33, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 25 22 at 17:33, Emperor Wang changed the following: Status
  • on May 4 21 at 17:11, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 4 21 at 17:10, Emperor Wang changed the following: Notes for Mods, History, Interesting Features, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description
  • on May 4 21 at 16:20, fr00tCake changed the following: Owner, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, History, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Description
  • on Jul 25 08 at 5:59, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 31 08 at 22:33, cjb updated gallery picture desloges_fig05b.jpg
  • on Mar 31 08 at 22:32, cjb added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 31 08 at 22:24, cjb updated gallery picture gelly_fig02b.jpg
  • on Mar 31 08 at 22:23, cjb updated gallery picture computer1966.jpg
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