RECENT PAST EVENTS

T.C. Bulmer: a ‘Father’ of Westmount

T.C. Bulmer: a ‘Father’ of Westmount

SPEAKERS: Mika Goodfriend, Photographer

Stationer, city councillor, real-estate developer: by 1888, Thomas Campbell Bulmer was the largest land owner in Westmount. With his sons, he built 44 homes, of which 27 remain today. Mika Goodfriend will explore Bulmer’s life through interviews with his descendants, current owners of his homes, and archival research—uncovering a rich history of one of the most important, yet largely forgotten, figures who shaped our city.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Women Volunteers in Westmount during World War II

Women Volunteers in Westmount during World War II

SPEAKERS: Sandra Stock, QAHN & WHA member, and Doreen Lindsay, Past President of WHA

In 2015, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) sponsored an exhibition on the contribution of housewives to the war effort during World War II. Sandra Stock, from QAHN, will describe the project as a whole, while Doreen Lindsay of the WHA will tell the stories of three Westmount women she interviewed for the project.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Ross Eveleigh Johnson: From Westmount to Eternity

Ross Eveleigh Johnson: From Westmount to Eternity

SPEAKER: Nicolas Paquin, author & novelist

Nicolas Paquin’s latest young adult novel, entitled Théậtre de guerre, was inspired by, and is dedicated to, the memory of Ross Eveleigh Johnson (1922-1944). The author will speak about the short life of this Westmounter, a flying officer and pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, who was killed during World War II. He will discuss how he found inspiration in Johnson’s short life, using mainly correspondence to further his knowledge.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Life-Story Interviews with Westmounters

Life-Story Interviews with Westmounters

SPEAKER: Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer, oral historian

As a professional oral historian, Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer has engaged in a range of oral history projects. These include a study of the St. Andrew and St. Paul Church for Laval University, an exploration of the once-vibrant life of 11 small Jewish communities for the Ontario Jewish Archives, a major study of Montreal Life Stories at Concordia University and video-biographies of private individuals including Westmounters and former Westmounters. Sharon’s talk will give an overview of her adventures in oral history and of the passion for oral history that animates her work.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

December Social: Honouring Doreen Lindsay

December Social: Honouring Doreen Lindsay

Join fellow WHA members and invited guests in the Gallery at Victoria Hall to honour Doreen Lindsay, past president of the Westmount Historical Association. This festive evening will celebrate her many achievements in the WHA. We will mark the occasion with seasonal refreshments.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

From Road to Path: the Greening of Summit Circle

From Road to Path: the Greening of Summit Circle

SPEAKERS: Cynthia Lulham, Westmount Councillor and Commissioner of Sustainability and Parks,
with Nicolas Mory, arborist for Westmount

In 2009, Westmount closed the northern, uninhabited portion of Summit Circle to traffic. In fall 2016, a footpath will replace the asphalt, and in spring 2017, a large number of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials will be planted. Learn about the City’s plans for this transformation from Cynthia Lulham.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

The Changing Face of Dorchester

The Changing Face of Dorchester

SPEAKERS: Theodora Samiotis, Ward 8 City Councillor, with Caroline Breslaw, WHA President

In the mid-1960s, all the Victorian residences on Dorchester Boulevard’s north side were expropriated and demolished, so that Dorchester could be widened. The homes to the south faced empty lots and institutional buildings. Caroline Breslaw will outline the area’s
important past as the first eastern gateway to Westmount. Theodora Samiotis will explain the Council’s vision for restoring the urban fabric in the south-east area of our city.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

WHA Fall 2016 Walking Tour

WHA Fall 2016 Walking Tour

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Westmount Historical Association conducted a guided tour of Sherbrooke Street in Westmount, in English at 1:00 pm and in French at 1:30 pm. The walk began at Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Southeast corner) on Sherbrooke Street, west of Atwater between Wood & Vignal and ended at Prince Albert Square near Claremont. Along the way, the history and architecture of this section of Sherbrooke Street were discussed.

The Rise of  Sherbrooke Street in Westmount

The Rise of Sherbrooke Street in Westmount

SPEAKER:Lorne Huston, Historian

With its striking monumental architecture, its stately apartment buildings and its little neighbourhood shops, Sherbrooke Street shows different facets of our city’s personality. Historian Lorne Huston will discuss how various factors have shaped the character of this street over time.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: info@westmounthistorical.org

Gabor Szilasi: My Life and Work in Photography

Gabor Szilasi: My Life and Work in Photography

SPEAKER: Gabor Szilasi: My Life and Work in Photography

Gabor Szilasi has been a major influence as a documentary photographer in Quebec over the past fifty years. He has influenced many young photographers through teaching at Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Concordia University. After a retrospective exhibition originating in Joliette in 2009 and travelling across Canada, he was awarded the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2009 and honoured with the 2010 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Gabor has made his home in Westmount, while photographing in rural Quebec, Europe, and the USA. He will show his photographs and explain the circumstances surrounding each image.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

CHARLES W. KELSEY: The Craft of Stained Glass

CHARLES W. KELSEY: The Craft of Stained Glass

SPEAKER: Rosalind Pepall, former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

English artist Charles Kelsey (1877-1975) arrived in Montreal in 1922 with a professional training in the art of stained-glass windows. He established himself in Westmount, and went on to produce windows for churches and homes all over Montreal and Quebec in the tradition of British Arts and Crafts design. The presentation will look at the technique, craftsmanship, and subjects of Kelsey’s work in stained glass.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Norma Shearer: From Grosvenor Avenue to Sunset Boulevard

Norma Shearer: From Grosvenor Avenue to Sunset Boulevard

SPEAKER: : Oksana Dykyj, Head of the Moving Image Resource Center, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University

Norma Shearer, one of the biggest Hollywood movie stars of the 1930s, began life in Westmount before moving to New York and then Hollywood, following a path taken a few years earlier by Torontonian Mary Pickford. Through photographs and film clips, Oksana Dykyj will contextualize Shearer’s life and career within the realm of film and cultural history on both sides of the border.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

THE BEAVER HALL GROUP: Some Westmount Links

THE BEAVER HALL GROUP: Some Westmount Links

SPEAKER: Elena Kruger, Volunteer Guide, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Beaver Hall Group gave new impetus to painting in Canada. A number of the artists in the short-lived group lived, were educated, worked, or had family connections in Westmount. Some of their paintings depict people or scenes from our city. Works of this diverse group, made up of male and female painters, can currently be seen at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Elena Kruger will present the ties to Westmount.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

DECEMBER SOCIAL in the Gallery at Victoria Hall

DECEMBER SOCIAL in the Gallery at Victoria Hall

SPECIAL GUEST: Cynthia Lulham, Westmount City Councilor
ARTIST: Doreen Lindsay, WHA

Join fellow WHA members and invited guests for refreshments in the Gallery at Victoria Hall. Cynthia Lulham, Commissioner for Parks and Environment, and Chair of the Horticultural Advisory Committee, will speak briefly about the Westmount Conservatory — its history, restoration, and recent closure. Doreen Lindsay will present some of her hand-coloured photographs made in the Conservatory in 2001 and demonstrate her hand-colouring technique.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

WESTMOUNT TRAIN STATION: Moving On

WESTMOUNT TRAIN STATION: Moving On

SPEAKERS: Michael Leduc, Railway Historian; Joumana Chemaly, Master’s candidate, Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal; Doreen Lindsay, WHA

The Westmount Train Station, a heritage building constructed in 1907, has remained an empty shell since it was sold to the City by CPR in 1998. After an introduction to the history of the station and its present condition, the lecture will focus on the repurposing of train stations in urban contexts. There will be an opportunity for the audience to contribute their ideas to the discussion
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

FROM CARRIAGE HOUSE to MY HOUSE: the Story of a Conversion

FROM CARRIAGE HOUSE to MY HOUSE: the Story of a Conversion

SPEAKERS: Sharon Sparling, homeowner & Caroline Breslaw, WHA

Homes in Westmount often featured a coach house, with carriages and horses below and living quarters upstairs. Some have been converted into garages with apartments. Others have been transformed into homes. A number of Westmount carriage houses will be shown. The presentation will center on the transformation of 543 Roslyn Avenue by its current owners, and will be illustrated with images of the renovation and the completed home.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Tours of the Hurtubise House

Tours of the Hurtubise House at 563 Côte St.Antoine Road were offered to current members of the WHA and to the public on Sunday, 4 October. The tours were given by in both English and French, and a total of 192 people attended.

DATE: Sunday, September 27th, 2015
LOCATION: 563 Côte St. Antoine Road
TIME for WHA  members only: 11 (English) and 11:15 (French)
TIME for the public in either English or French: Beginning 1-4 pm

THE LIVES of 500 CLAREMONT: From Protestant Home to Jewish Orphanage to Catholic Residence

SeptWebPosterSPEAKERS: Père François Beton, religieux de la Congrégation de la Fraternité Sacerdotale & Manny Cohen, resident 1935-1940, Montreal Hebrew Orphans’ Home

The large red brick building at the corner of Claremont and Windsor was built by the Hervey Institute in 1908 as a boarding school for Protestant children. In 1921 it became the Montreal Hebrew Orphans’ Home. It was eventually acquired by the Congrégation de la Fraternité Sacerdotale in 1976. In January 2015, the property was sold to Brookline Developments, which will change its use once more.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Photo Exhibit

New photographs by Doreen Lindsay of all the businesses on Sherbrooke St. between Grosvenor and Claremont can be seen in the City Hall reception area during City Hall opening hours.

DATE AND TIME: June 3, 2015 to October 20, 2015 during open hours
LOCATION: Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke St West, the reception area at the lower level
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

RESTORING THE 1913 PERCY NOBBS HOUSE: 38 Belvedere Road

RESTORING THE 1913 PERCY NOBBS HOUSE: 38 Belvedere Road

SPEAKER: Julia Gersovitz, architect

Percy Erskine Nobbs, noted Canadian architect and educator, built his own home in 1913 on Belvedere Road. The house and gardens were a testament to the Arts and Crafts philosophy of integrated design. Following his death, the property changed ownership very little, but was still subject to successive modernizations. The present owners, Michael and Marina Blinderman, selected the firm of Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes to restore and rehabilitate the house. Julia Gersovitz will discuss the planning and implementation of the work.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510

Jane's Walk 2015

Jane’s Walk 2015

 

This year’s Westmount walk focuses on small, independent businesses located on Sherbrooke Street in Westmount’s Victoria Village. The circle route will encompass 3 city blocks and will last about 90 minutes. The evolution of this shopping area, current issues, and the importance of family businesses in the community will be talked about during the easy walk. Since the guides are members of the Westmount Historical Association, the history and architecture of the stretch will be discussed. There will be a chance to interact with several shop owners. Separate tours will be conducted in French and English

DATE AND TIME: Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 2 pm
LOCATION: Square Prince-Albert (Corner Sherbrooke St. West &  Prince-Albert St.)

PRESERVATION Of THE 1847 BRAEMAR VILLA: 3219 The Boulevard

PRESERVATION Of THE 1847 BRAEMAR VILLA: 3219 The Boulevard

SPEAKER: Sharon Azrieli, owner

Braemar, the third oldest house in Westmount, was built in 1847. Sharon Azrieli, the present owner, carried out research using archival photographs, plans, and drawings before entering into an extensive project to regain the authenticity of the original building. Braemar was recognized by Quebec as an historic monument in 1984.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm
LOCATION: Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. West
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 514-989-5510