January’s pattern from my Canadian Art Deco Knits ebook is the Cormier Grille Shawl. Today I’m going to show you some of the pictures I took of the Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, the building with the metal grilles that inspired this pattern.
Last year I went to Montréal with my friend Louise on a picture-taking expedition. I had maps of buildings to visit and a plan to get to most of them. There was a lot of walking involved, but we had a good day for it.
We finished up by visiting the Université de Montréal high up on Mont-Royal. We took the metro, some stairs, and a moving walkway system at such a high incline that I remember giggling about what would happen if someone went tumbling down.
When you finally emerge and look behind you there is a fantastic view. In our case it was a fantastic view of the storm that was about to hit us:
When you look at the large Pavilion Roger-Gaudry, there’s a lot to see:
Ernest Cormier designed this building and although it was started in 1924, the Great Depression meant delays. The building wasn’t officially opened until 1943.
As you can see, we arrived at the same time as a graduation ceremony was about to begin. I was tired & sweaty from a day of walking around the city. I was wearing runners, shorts & a t-shirt. I felt quite out of place and so we only stayed a short while and got a few pictures. I’d love to return back at a better time!
And here are the metal grilles: