Édifice Wilder

Édifice Wilder

Luke Potenza
This neoclassical commercial building was constructed in 1918 according to plans by the British-trained Charles R. Tetley, who was for many years architectural consultant to the cities of Westmount and Outremont. Its 11-storey façade follows a classical, tripartite composition, with a base, a main body and a crown that consists here of a limestone colonnade. The façade of the first three floors was altered in the late 1950s to incorporate a small adjacent building, creating the antique-green marble curtain wall of the base we see today. The other floors have retained their original architecture, as have the functionalist sidewalls. Like many other commercial and industrial buildings erected at the time in this busy downtown area, the Wilder has a structure of reinforced concrete, the material of choice for buildings designed to house heavy machinery. #canada #montreal #quebec
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