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Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal
Posted By Lori Zimmer On February 3, 2012 @ 12:42 pm In Architecture,Art,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Provencher Roy + Associés Architects headed the redesign of the historic church  that was originally designed and built by Alexander C. Hutchinson in 1894. With the church preservation at the heart of the museum’s expansion, the nave of the church has been repurposed into the Bourgie Concert Hall . The new hall will host 120 concerts programmed by Arte Musica Foundation, and visitors can marvel at the Tiffany stained glass during performances. The glass is not only beautiful, but extremely rare, as Tiffany’s religious themed glass is uncommon in Canada.
Inside the former nave, comfortable removable chairs make up the auditorium seating , which can be easily removed to also accommodate special events or parties. The balcony still sports the original church pews , which were designed in undulating curves, and have since been updated with ergonomic back supports for comfort. With the historic interior preserved, the Bourgie Hall is a unique setting to experience a concert.
The expansion and renovation extended the museum’s exhibition space  by 59,000 square feet, adding a five storey building to the back of the existing church. The feeling that there is a link between fine art and chamber music strengthens their program, and this feeling is further underscored by the museum’s audio guides that play music from the era in which a room’s paintings were created. Thanks to the expansion, which holds the museums works by Canadian artists, the museum can exhibit 11% of its collection, as opposed to just the 5% prior.
The Bourgie Hall and new addition are connected to the museum ’s main building across the street through an underground passage way, which showcases the museum’s collection of large scale works by Canadian artists. Both the museum and city benefited from the incredible adaptive reuse, setting a standard for salvaging the historic churches  of Montreal.
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 Bourgie Concert Hall: http://www.sallebourgie.ca/
 Montreal’s Museum of Fine Art: http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/index.html
 museum expansion: http://inhabitat.com/renzo-pianos-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-expansion-opens-this-week-in-boston/
 adaptive reuse project: http://inhabitat.com/d-hotel-historic-windmill-transformed-into-a-modern-designer-retreat/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/historic-church-with-tiffany-stained-glass-transformed-into-beautiful-concert-hall-for-montreal/fine-art-museum2/
 Provencher Roy + Associés Architects : http://www.praa.qc.ca/en/
 redesign of the historic church: http://inhabitat.com/artwork-and-visitors-mingle-with-557-bodies-at-londons-crypt-gallery/
 Concert Hall: http://inhabitat.com/busans-camellian-opera-house-camouflages-itself-beneath-a-living-envelope-of-green/
 auditorium seating: http://inhabitat.com/apogee-stadium-us-first-leed-platinum-stadium-uses-wind-turbines-to-power-its-games/
 church pews: http://inhabitat.com/photos-inhabitat-spends-the-night-in-quebecs-hotel-de-glace-made-entirely-from-ice/
 museum’s exhibition space: http://inhabitat.com/clyfford-still-museum-is-a-light-filled-dedication-to-the-work-of-one-denver-artist/
 salvaging the historic churches: http://inhabitat.com/dilapidated-18th-century-church-transformed-into-a-private-home/
 + The Montreal Museum of Fine Art: http://www.mmfa.qc.ca/en/index.html
 Lori Zimmer: http://www.artnerdnewyork.com
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