I went for a stroll in Hochelaga the other day and passed by École Baril on rue Adam, a pretty, leafy street in that area. The school’s a handsome hundred-year-old pile taking up the entire end of the block, and it’s now boarded up with a temporary fence around it. Two copies of the sign shown at right are affixed to the front of the building with unintentional irony now.
This Radio-Canada piece has a photo of how the building looks now; Images Montréal has a few views of how it looked before the boarding-up. I liked the old motif above the double front door, which is shown at left. The Radio-Canada piece repeats recent news that air in many school buildings is full of mould but the CSDM has no budget to deal with this, and in some cases it’s bad enough that buildings like this one have been condemned. However, a recent report said they do have plans to rebuild the school from scratch, which makes me wonder who expects to profit from the construction project. Also, rue Adam has a peaceful old-worldy vibe that won’t be improved by a construction site and a garish new building, but nobody’s talking about that.
The displaced students from École Baril have been moved to another school whose air is not much healthier, according to the Radio-Canada report.