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October 14, 2006 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Commemorates the National Historic Significance of the Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2006) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada announced today the unveiling of a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple as a site of national historic significance.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to unveil a plaque commemorating the Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple as a national historic site. As a symbolic representation of the history and beliefs of Canadian Freemasons, the Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple is remarkable both for its architecture and for the beliefs it embodies," said Minister Ambrose.

More than seventy-five years after its official inauguration on February 12th, 1930, the Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple remains one of Canada's most elegant buildings in the Beaux-Arts style. Located at the intersection of Sherbrooke Street West and Saint-Marc Street, the building commemorates the Canadian Freemasons who died in the First World War. It was designed by John Smith Archibald, a Montreal architect of Scottish origin, who was a member of the Masonic Foundation of Quebec.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance of places, persons and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative plaque is a means of educating the public about the richness of our cultural heritage which must be preserved for present and future generations.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Joanne Huppe
    Communication Advisor
    Corporate Communications Branch
    819-953-8699
    or
    Parks Canada
    Odette Lachance
    Communication Advisor
    418-648-4167