July 25, 2012 – The World Trade Centre Montréal (WTCM) is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and to mark the event, this Montréal real estate gem is offering a free lineup of activities relating to history and art.
A masterpiece of architectural integration
Inaugurated in 1992, the WTCM occupies a full city block on the edge of Old Montréal. Its modern architecture incorporates historical buildings and a section of the old Ruelle des Fortifications. Connected to downtown’s underground city, the elegant complex houses offices, a shopping mall—boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and services—and exhibition and event spaces.
The public can stroll freely beneath the immense glass atrium and follow the path of the Ruelle des Fortifications, which is marked with contrasting colours on the floor surface. A beautiful fountain decorated with an 18th century sculpture, as well as a remnant of the Berlin Wall (a gift to Montréal for its 350th anniversary), are also worth seeing.
Until September 28, the guided tour, Past and Present: A Historical Discovery, illustrates the fascinating past of the site and its evolution over the centuries. This free event is available upon reservation, but a self-guided tour route can be obtained at the information booth.
As a complement to the tour, the exhibition, History Illustrated: A History to Discover, showcases over 80 archival photographs, drawings, and engravings dating from the 17th century to the present. This retrospective of outstanding moments in this part of the city is on view until December 31 in the Hall located on Saint-Jacques Street.
The gift of art
To celebrate its 20 years, the World Trade Centre Montréal also teamed up with the organization, MU, to oversee the creation of a permanent work of art. Conceived by Rafael Sottolichio, in collaboration with Olivier Roy, the mural Circulations covers the concrete surface of the corridor under Saint-Pierre Street and was completed during the Nuit Blanche event at the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival.