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Saint Joseph’s Oratory upgrades launched

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Saint Joseph’s Oratory upgrades launched
SAINT JOSEPH’S ORATORY OF MOUNT ROYAL — In attendance at the launch of construction on upgrades to Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal were Jean-Pierre Leger, chairman of the board for the St. Hubert Foundation and a member of the Campaign Cabinet; Chantal Rouleau, provincial minister responsible for the metropolis and the Montreal Region; Sherry Romanado, federal parliamentary secretary to the minister of seniors; Father Claude Grou, rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal; Guy Cormier, president and CEO, Desjardins Group and cabinet chair of the Reaching New Heights Campaign; Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante; and Sebastien Barange, vice-president, communications and public affairs of CGI.

MONTREAL — Stakeholders gathered at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal earlier this month to mark the launch of a major redevelopment project of the site.

The work will include the construction of a new welcome centre and refurbishment of the dome of the Basilica. Funding has come from the Quebec government ($30.8 million), the Canadian government ($22 million) and the City of Montreal ($10 million).

A team led by Atelier TAG and Architecture49 was named winner of a design competition to create infrastructure that will bring visitors from the base of the cathedral up through a new stairway or via an elevator to an observation level at the top.

Other members of the winning team included SDK et associes Inc, structural engineers; Stantec Expert-Conseil Ltee, electromechanical engineers; GSM Project, visitor experience designers; and CS Design, lighting consultant.

Brother Andre began construction of a small chapel on the site in 1904, and a larger Roman Catholic church was completed in 1917. Construction of the oratory was completed in 1967.

“I am very pleased to be participating in today’s launch of the development work for Saint Joseph’s Oratory, which will reaffirm the important status of this tourist attraction.

“Visitors will enjoy an enhanced experience as they discover, or rediscover, the sanctuary and its breathtaking view of Montreal,” said federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors, Sherry Romanado, in a statement.

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