History

HISTORY OF A NAME

The name “Carré des Arts” refers to several of the site’s characteristics.

 

The word “Carré” is the French word for “Square” and was inspired by Square-Amherst Street, while the word “Arts” refers to the artistic, musical and film activities that have breathed life into the site for almost half a century.

 

HISTORY OF THE SITE

Amherst and Square Amherst Streets were named after Jefferey Amherst, the first governor of New France from 1760 to 1763. It’s of note that he died in Sevenoaks in England in 1797 in his residence, which was named Montreal.

Square Amherst Street was so named because of the presence of a square of the same name in front of the Saint-Jacques Market. This planning appears on a 1915 map.

Source: Archives of the City of Montreal.

HISTORY OF THE SITE

Amherst and Square Amherst Streets were named after Jefferey Amherst, the first governor of New France from 1760 to 1763. It’s of note that he died in Sevenoaks in England in 1797 in his residence, which was named Montreal.


HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Saint-Jacques Market as built in 1872 by architect Michel St-Laurent. In 1931, architect Zotique Trudel, one of Outremont’s great architects, rebuilt the Saint-Jacques Market.

Source: City of Montreal. Document management and archives.
Source: City of Montreal. Document management and archives.