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Location DB > Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Centre Préfontaine
Centre Préfontaine
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created by Revenant on 6/16/2004 3:08 AM
last modified by momorokoko on 1/4/2014 4:10 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
3 floors of rooms, a kitchen downstairs.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
3100, Rachel E (near Préfontaine, in front of Angus Shops)
Montreal, Quebec
Owner: Ville de Montréal
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • air quality
  • Electrical wires hanging from the ceiling
  •  Interesting Features
    Historical site for social housing activism in Montreal.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • 24 hour guard
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1886
    Closed: 1996
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    This building was a rehabilitation center of some sort before 1997 when it was shut down. In the summer of 2001, social housing activists took over the Louis Hyppolyte Lafontaine mansion on Overdale in downtown Montreal in the middle of a housing crisis. The reason for the Louis H take over was because it was the only building left standing by a developper who kicked a group of people out to build condos on the site, the houses were torn down but nothing was ever built, there is a parking lot on the site to this day. The city of Montreal officials (the Bourque administration) negociated with squatters to give them another building to live in, for at least 6 months to 2 years, the Centre Préfontaine. The squatters/activists moved in Centre préfontaine with help of city workers loading buses of stuff that was brought to Overdale over the week. 2 months later the riot police kicked everyone out of centre Préfontaine. See Eve Lamonts Squat! movie for a good look into this story. 2 and a half years later, this working condition building is still boarded up and people still sleep on the streets of Montreal.
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    SPEK's on the lookout for a squat.
    Sat, Jun 19th, 2004
    posted by SPEK Photo
    5 pictures
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    Chronic & Suzzy July Visit
    Tue, Jul 6th, 2004
    posted by Chronic
    5 pictures
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    TaP's I found a place to sleep tonight Gallery
    Sun, May 14th, 2006
    posted by TaP
    7 pictures
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    Ctrlman's shitty photos
    Sun, May 14th, 2006
    posted by controleman
    21 pictures

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    Ctrlman roof shot's
    Sat, May 13th, 2006
    posted by controleman
     Web Links
    More about the architecture and history of the building (in french):

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    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 6/30/2014 8:43 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 30 14 at 8:43, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 4 14 at 16:10, momorokoko changed the following: Status, Description
  • on Mar 5 13 at 14:02, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 13 13 at 3:40, guil changed the following: Status
  • on Aug 7 08 at 16:43, Steed validated this location
  • on Aug 7 08 at 15:38, desertchick changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on May 28 06 at 1:26, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 14 06 at 2:25, TaP updated gallery picture PV121312.JPG
  • on May 14 06 at 2:25, TaP updated gallery picture PV121291.JPG
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Squat: Le filmProfessor Chaos514429/5/2005 6:21 PM by Blawkowski
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