“It always seems impossible until it’s done”.
– Nelson Mandela
– Nelson Mandela
Originally built by the Sulpicians, with the help of local volunteers, as a staple for the community of Little Burgundy in 1861, St. Joseph’s Church was an inclusive place to meet, celebrate and find support. Overtime, the church fell into economic hardship and the community was faced with a challenge to save this breathtaking building before loosing another part of its history.
Le Salon 1861 was built to reconnect people to collective space and break the silos between sectors of our society. Universities, entrepreneurs, local citizens, community organizations and private business will work side-by-side to redefine how we work, live and play together. Le Salon 1861 seeks to engage various stakeholders to redefine social roles in non-traditional manners by creating an entrepreneurial hub – reinventing the role of business. In times of funding austerity and growing economic divide, this historical gem of a building is brought back to its original purpose of bringing people together.
Le Salon 1861 will host a full service event hall, a restaurant sourcing local produce and an entrepreneurial social hub that will allow businesses, community groups and local citizens to network, share resources, train employees and create contacts. Le Salon 1861 will also act as a living laboratory for institutional research in the areas of implementing sustainable green building practices and social business through the McGill Faculty of Architecture and the Desautels Faculty of Management. The wide range of stakeholders within Le Salon 1861 allows for a unique exchange of ideas and resources between communities, businesses and institutions. The building will also be surrounded by an urban garden and will host a wide range of events, workshops and conferences open to businesses and local residents.
To understand the values, purpose and role of Le Salon 1861, it is important to take into account the history of the St. Joseph Church and those who built it.
The land on which the St. Joseph church was built was granted to the Sulpicians, considered Montreal’s original urban planners, by the King of France himself. With the help of local volunteers, who were mostly the workers responsible for building the Canal Lachine, the St. Joseph church was built in 1861.
For more than a century, the St. Joseph church served as a place meet, exchange and collaborate. It was the heart of the community.
In Early Modern and Revolutionary France, Salons served as cultural hubs with the purpose to “disseminate good manners and sociability”. Salons were often viewed as centers of intellectual and social exchange, promoting idealistic notions in what people refer to as the “Age of Conversation” and stood for egalitarianism. Salons were also often run by highly educated women.
Le Salon 1861 is a space for the congregation of these values. It will be a space in which all are free to be heard, to innovate, to think and to try new things in a supportive and collaborative environment. Le Salon 1861 incorporates the values of a Salon in France to a new reality in Montreal, in which we give tribute to our collective history and write our common future.
To rebuild a community through social business models – using real estate as a force for economic development and community integration. Break the silos that exist between sectors and redefine the way we interact, collaborate, innovate and build our collective future.
Respect – For our past and our future, for all ages, cultures and view points, for our communities and our environment.
Inspiration – To lead the way from the impossible to the probable, to push the boundaries of what can be done if we work together towards a collective future.
Leadership – By example not mere direction, take action and dare to be what others will want to be part of.
Trust – As a foundation for all relationships, build trust between all groups and individuals to break the silos and rebuild the steeples.
Empowerment – To allow individuals or groups to start their own path by creating opportunities that allow for the exchange of ideas and resources.
Integrity – Behind every thought and action, have a moral barometer that will judge the motivation for a desired outcome.
Communication – To create and maintain the conditions for open information sharing to build on common platforms and make best use of lessons.
Audacity – In daring to try, daring to be different and attempt the seemingly impossible.
Generosity – In creating the opportunities to be kind and share successes among all those involved.
Innovation – To do things differently and for new desired outcomes.
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