New York Life Building,
511 Place d’Armes
Prix du patrimoine commercial, Greater Montréal Real Estate Board, 2005.
The Prix du patrimoine commercial (Commercial Heritage Award) is given to a corporation in recognition of its contribution to the preservation of commercial architectural heritage. The award for 2005 is presented to Bechara Helal, owner and prime contractor, and Gilles Lavigueur, architect, for their restoration work on the office building located at 511 Place d'Armes.
The prestigious eight-storey structure, designed by the New York City architectural firm Babb, Cook & Willard and completed in 1889, is known as Montréal's first skyscraper. The sumptuous lobby space boast sculpted motifs by Henry Beaumont and lattice work by the Montréal foundry Chanteloup.
The preservation of 511 Place d'Armes demonstrates vividly that bringing together qualified experts and artisans, a documented approach, wisely chosen materials and techniques, and a proven methodology are key to quality results. The major investment by the owner, who insisted respecting the many requirements associated with a preservation project of this scale, also bears mentioning.
(Source: City of Montréal)
this building's entry in the Heritage Inventories