A New Home for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship
Could there be a more relevant historic legacy for an iconic building that will soon become synonymous as the new home to Montréal’s rich talent base of cultural and creative entrepreneurs than the one built by Charles Séraphin Rodier Jr. in 1875?
Spearheaded by La Piscine’s masterful real estate partner Gestion Georges Coulombe, the Rodier is being fully restored to its original architectural glory. Acclaimed architectural firm Provencher Roy is leading the interior design that will showcase the authentic details of its structure and materials and leverage the latest trends to host a diversity of residents, users and partners with private work spaces, multifunctional spaces for training and events, as well as open work, collaborative and experimental spaces.
Rodier was a highly successful entrepreneur and engaged civic leader. Montréal’s first self-made Francophone millionaire, he also served in public office as a city councilor and Canadian Senator. And, Rodier erected his building as a commercial centre quite strategically on Notre-Dame St. West, right at the gateway to Old Montréal from the western part of the city.
Beloved to many Montréalers when it was home to Le Baron Sports from 1965 until it’s closing in 2010, the Flatiron-style building lies in the heart of downtown’s dynamic Griffintown and the burgeoning Quartier de l’Innovation. It was the third of its kind built in the world, 27 years prior to the famous one in New York City.
An Inspired Link Between Montréal’s Heritage and its Cultural Innovation
And now, 144 years later, the Rodier building will create an ever-strong link and continuity between the city’s heritage and its cultural innovation when it reopens in 2019 as a hub for cultural and creative entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, and the entire community engaged in supporting the development and growth of culture and creativity in Montréal and Québec.
As a partner in this watershed project, in addition to the expertise it brings to the project as Montréal’s premier accelerator for cultural and creative entrepreneurs, La Piscine will animate the Rodier and the community it services, within and well outside of its walls. Collaborating with a variety of public, private and community partners, incubators, educational institutions, investors and a network of industry experts, the Rodier will be a rallying point for innovation and contribute actively to the development and growth of a high-performance ecosystem dedicated to cultural and creative entrepreneurship.
Enabling Connections. Sparking Innovation. Facilitating Experimentation.
Further to consultations over the past two years and co-design workshops with the diversity of entrepreneurs, stakeholders and institutions that make up the cultural and creative industry landscape in Montréal, Québec and across the globe, residents, users and partners alike can look forward to spatial design, a leading-edge animation program, and services that enable connections, spark innovation, and facilitate opportunities for experimentation and knowledge sharing for the cultural and creative community and public alike.
The Rodier’s history, architecture, design and animation will surely bring out the majesty of this cherished landmark to inspire a warm and welcoming environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and grow!