Industrial Architecture Montreal 



  Merchants Manufacturing Company/Dominion Textiles Co./Coleco

4000, rue St-Ambroise;

Architect: (unknown)
Building Type: textile mill
Materials: beige brick, terra cotta brick
Begun: 1880
Alterations: 1899, 1906, 1983-1986. 1999-2003.
Alteration Architect: David Robertson Brown (1906)
Note: In 1905 Merchants Manufacturing became Dominion Textile Co. An addition was built across the street at 4035 St-Ambroise in 1899 and a seven story brick warehouse at 3970 St-Ambroise was constructed in 1906. Between 1983-1986 aluminum siding was put up on front portions of the structure and the building was converted for office and light industrial use. Once an industrial work space in the old Coleco toy factory along the Lachine Canal, this building continues to be converted into rental lofts by developper David Sepulchre.


View, looking west, of the factory located at 4035 St-Ambroise, originally built in 1899 (1999)
View, looking south-west, of the renovated Mill No. 1 (1999)
View, looking south, from rue St-Augustin (1999)
View, looking down St-Ferdinand, of Mill no. 2 (1999)
View, looking along St-Ambroise, Dominion Textile on left and Merchants Manufacturing on right, (1999)
Rear view of Mill no. 2 (1999)
Rear view, looking north, from the south side of the canal (1999)
Rear view showing Mill no. 1 from across the canal (1999)
Illustration of the Merchants Cotton Co. (ca. 1903); from Ernest Chambers, The Book of Montreal: a Souvenir of Canada's Commercial Metropolis (Montreal: Book of Montreal, 1903), 263.


Saint-Henri des tanneries: connaître Montréal par ses quartiers: exposition historique, Musée des arts décoratifs, le Chateau dufresne. Montréal: YMCA de Montréal, 1981. : 18
Visuals: exterior rendering.

Archemi. Inventaire et évaluation des ressources culturelles Canal de Lachine. Montréal: Parcs Canada, 1995. : 299-304
Location: Centre de documentation. Parcs Canada- secteur de Lachine.
Visuals: exterior photo.

Edwards, Leigh. "The hymns, smells and food of St.Henri; Atwater Market and antiques fair mark jaunt near Lachine canal." . Montreal Gazette, 23 Apr. 1995: C1

Faucher et al. Canal de Lachine et ses abords: Étude de zone prioritaire sur la mise en valeur du patrimoine. Montréal: Ville de Montréal, Service de l'habitation et du developpement urbain, 1991. .
Visuals: exterior photo.

Latimer, Joanne "Living in a lifestyle theme park" . Montreal Gazette, 20 Sept. 2003: F1, F4

McCullough, A.B. The Primary Textile Industry in Canada: History and Heritage. Ottawa: National Historic Parks and Sites, Parks Service, 1992. : 164-68
Visuals: exterior photos, exterior rendering, aerial view.

Mennie, James. "Biking through history; more to Lachine Canal than bodies and stolen cars." . Montreal Gazette, 23 Jul. 1994: A1


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