June 6, 2014 — A combination museum and research centre, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is recognized internationally for its wealth of collections. You will not only learn more about architecture in all its forms, but also discover fascinating contemporary art exhibitions, as well as the Centre’s beautiful gardens.
The precious drawings, stamps, photographs and archives, the museum’s pride, are housed in the magnificent setting of the CCA building. Constructed in 1989, it showcases local materials and has won numerous prizes for the quality of its design. The 1874 Shaughnessy House, superbly integrated into the main building, is one of the rare 19th-century Montréal residences open to the public.
The CCA’s garden, which faces the main building, is another veritable artwork. Designed by Montréal architect Melvin Charney, it is both urban garden and open-air museum. It evokes the history of landscape design and comments on Montréal’s early industrial sector below the hill, initiating a dialogue between nature, architecture, and the urban fabric.
Guided tours of the CCA building and garden are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and are included in the price of admission. To round out your architectural exploration, make sure to visit the CCA’s vast bookstore, where you can browse an impressive collection of literature devoted to architecture, design and urban planning.