Lumocité: Architectural mapping in Quebec

This week, a series of 3D light shows will be taking over the facades of some of the most recognizable buildings in Old Quebec: The Palais Montcalm, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica, the Morrin Centre and the fortifications at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham. The projections are part of Lumocité, the first event of its kind in North America. Our Rachelle Solomon spoke with Alain Dubé about bringing multimedia teams from around the world to Quebec to bring buildings to life – in light and sound – with architectural mapping. Source : Rachelle Solomon, CBC Radio One, Quebec City

ImagiNation 2012

“Participer à l’autre Salon du livre ou au Salon du livre de l’Autre fournit l’occasion non seulement de baisser de régime, mais de découvrir l’Autre sous un angle nouveau et agréable”. Read more of Dean Louder’s review of ImagiNation 2012 on the following Web site: Honorary President, Paul Almond, discussed his series and theImagiNation 2012: Writers’ Festival with Rachelle Solomon on Breakaway: All in a weekend‘s Sonali Karnick interviewed author and Book Madam Julie Wilson: Read about the ImagiNation 2012: Writers’ Festival on the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph‘s website:

Elevators And Exteriors

Two contracts linked to Phase II of the restoration project were signed this week. The first contract deals with the complex issue of our custom-built elevator. After months and years of negotiating with government authorities for funding, and with the manufacturers for the best possible price, we finally came to an agreement. Menuiserie Pouliot, who worked with us in the spring, should complete work on this project by summer 2009. The second contract deals with all the work on the exterior of the building. This includes everything from broken windows to our service entrance, not to mention the security exits at the back. Maçonnerie dynamique will complete this work and should begin in early March 2009.

Restoration Project

The LHSQ is presently restoring the heritage site that will house the Morrin Centre, a cultural portal designed to educate the public about the historic contribution and present-day culture of English-speaking communities in Quebec City. Originally designed as a gaol by François Baillairgé in 1808, the building was transformed to house the LHSQ and Morrin College by architect Joseph-Ferdinand Peachy. In 1989, the City of Quebec acquired the building in order to restore this heritage monument. The English-speaking community of Quebec met with mayor Jean-Paul L’Allier and the idea of creating a cultural centre was born. Important restoration of the exterior facade, as well as significant archeological digs, took place in 1992-1993. This work was financed by all three levels of government. Further work led to the creation of the chaussée des Écossais, the Scottish Causeway, at the turn of the millennium, a wonderfully landscaped promenade in front of the building. In October 2000, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec took on the management of the cultural centre project. An important amount of work has been invested since then in terms of fundraising and planning for the eventual centre. Staffing has progressed from four employees to over a dozen. Funding for the project is being supplied by all levels of government, several foundations, businesses, and devoted individuals. The City of Quebec has shown its commitment to the Society’s project by turning over the heritage building to us on December 7, 2004 through the signing of a 99-year lease. The Morrin Centre is one of the major projects now in preparation for the celebrations of Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary in 2008. This new cultural resource developed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec is supported by, and dedicated to, the citizens of Québec, its visitors, and the descendants of the many families that have once called this place their home. Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the City of Quebec and various private sources. Restoration Project Update Stay up to date on the restoration of our heritage site by consulting the project update below.