Work on the main administration building
Renovations to the Jardin's administration building are being undertaken to ensure the conservation of this Art Deco building.
Major excavation work will be required around the perimeter of this building and in the interior courtyards. The work will affect:
- The foundation;
- The exterior envelope (including repairs to doors and windows, the restoration of ornaments at the entrance and repairs to siding materials);
- The roof of the building.
The work is planned in phases to allow access to the building by all users during the work. The Reception Centre is not included in this work.
The schedule calls for the work to be completed by the end of 2024.
Is the Reception Centre included in the work?
No. However, the area surrounding the reception zone at Place Marie-Victorin will be slightly reduced, as work will take place nearby.
Is the Marie-Victorin Building a classified heritage building?
No. However, it should be noted that the Jardin botanique was designated a National Historic Site of Canada on April 11, 2008 and is one of the world’s top botanical gardens. It is renowned for the richness and diversity of its collections and for the quality of the research conducted there, as well as for its events and educational programs. Its administrative centre, the Marie-Victorin Building, faces the Jardin botanique’s main entrance. It is the symbolic gateway to the site as well as the starting point for exploring the garden’s paths, trails and biodiversity. Designed by architect Lucien F. Kéroack, the structure was built between 1932 and 1938, reflecting the North American Art Deco movement of the 1930s. The building has preserved most of its original architectural features and its architectural style has a rich heritage, making it a significant structure.
Will the Courtyard of Senses be closed/relocated?
Due to extensive excavation work around the perimeter of the administration building, the Courtyard of the Senses had to be dismantled, and the plants it contained were relocated. We know that this space is very highly appreciated by citizens and we are considering offering a similar experience elsewhere in the Jardin botanique. As part of the Master Plan, we are aiming for a comprehensive approach to accessibility that will better meet the needs of visitors to this garden.
Is this work really necessary?
The Jardin botanique was created in 1931. With the passage of time, It is normal that some of its infrastructures would require major repair work.