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Silo 5 in Old Montreal

by ERA Architects

This summer and fall, as part of Heritage Montreal’s Architectours program, ERA’s Jan Kubanek presented four walking tours of Silo 5, a monumental grain elevator complex at the mouth of the Lachine Canal in Old Montreal.

The Silo 5 complex encompasses three separate buildings: Elevator B, dating to 1906 and built of steel plates; the Old Annex, built of reinforced concrete between 1914 and 1924; and Elevator B-1, built of reinforced concrete, 1959. The Silo 5 complex was connected to other grain storage and shipping facilities throughout the port by impressive aerial and ground-level galleries as well as railway lines.

For many years this port was one of the most important in North America, but as a result of a changing world economy, the activities of Silo 5 declined in the late 20th century, leading to its complete closure in 1994. In 2007, Canada Lands Company took possession of the complex and is currently studying development options for this fascinating historic site.

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