Westmount Room in Westmount Public Library, Architect Robert Findlay, 1910

Westmount Room in Westmount Public Library, Architect Robert Findlay, 1910

WHA events

The Westmount Historical Association hosts a number of events each year. These include two lecture series, several walking tours, and exhibitions of photographs and other material from our Archives.

Please consult our website regularly for upcoming activities offered by the WHA.

Lectures are free for WHA members, $5 at the door for the public.
Doors open at 6:30 pm unless otherwise indicated

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SHAPING THE FUTURE: WESTMOUNT & BEYOND

Our winter/spring series examines Westmount’s longstanding mission to preserve its unique character. It looks at issues such as zoning regulations, heritage conservation, church conversion and power sharing with the City of Montreal.

Lectures

December Social: Celebrating the Aline Gubbay Photo Archives

December Social: Celebrating the Aline Gubbay Photo Archives

PLACE: The Gallery at Victoria Hall

In summer 2017, the WHA began digitizing its entire photo archives. Join us for our traditional December social, while viewing some of the images which are now inventoried, scanned, and conserved. This project was carried out with financial support from the City of Westmount and the Aline Gubbay Memorial Fund.

DATE AND TIME: December 14 21 , 2017 from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: The Gallery at Victoria Hall
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Zoning Pioneers: Westmount & Manhattan

SPEAKER: Raphael Fischler, Assoc. Prof. Urban Planning, McGill University

The New York City zoning ordinance of 1916 is seen as the first comprehensive zoning code on the continent. But by 1909, Westmount already had a full set of land-use regulations that amount to a modern zoning code. The origins, content, and meaning of New York’s 1916 code are well known; those of Westmount deserve to be discussed as well.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Repurposing Churches: Westmount & Montreal

SPEAKER: David Hanna, Assoc. Prof. Urban Studies,UQAM; member of Westmount Local Heritage Council

Repurposing churches is more an art than a science, as each church is distinct and each project unique. The speaker, former head of Montreal’s Quebec Religious Heritage Council, will present diverse cases of repurposing, chosen for their close adaptation to the original building and the qualities of the project.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Protecting Our Heritage: Setting Up Westmount’s System

SPEAKER: Mark London, PAC chair 1987-93 & 1998-2001; past Executive Director, Martha’s Vineyard Commission

In the 1980s and 90s, Westmount’s Architectural and Planning Commission set up an integrated system of heritage conservation. It rated every building in the city and linked this rating to a comprehensive set of guidelines. Mark London will discuss this initiative, which he led, and will touch on how it compares with efforts elsewhere.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

In the dark shadow of Montreal: Westmount and the Metropolitan Challenge (1880-1939)

SPEAKER: Speaker: Harold Bérubé, Prof. Univ. de Sherbrooke ; author: Des sociétés distinctes: Gouverner les banlieues bourgeoises de Montréal, 1880-1939

Early in the 20th Century, Montreal’s suburbs were confronted by the central city’s territorial ambitions. This lecture will explore the complex role played by Westmount and its municipal elites in Montreal’s “metropolitan revolution”. The city played a key role in building a balanced metropolitan government.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 19, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Walking Tours

No events scheduled

Exhibitions

No events scheduled