A few hours after the publication of an article in La Presse reports the discrete on sale Studio Ernest-Cormier, in Montreal, the Ministry of Culture and Communication (MCC) wished to recall the importance of the heritage building on St. Urbain Street.
“It is important to clarify that the sale of Ernest Cormier studio does not affect the obligations of the owner of the building under the Cultural Heritage Act,” the ministry wrote in a statement sent evening , Friday.
Stressing that no request for classification of the building was received by the Ministry, it emphasized the prohibition to demolish “in whole or in part the studio, without the prior permission of the Minister of Culture and Communications “.
Ernest-Cormier studio, considered by many as one of the first examples of modern architecture in Quebec, was sold by the government through the public tendering system. The notice involves “a property known as Lot 2340042 of the cadastre of Québec”; ‘Single-family residential building multi-level “located at 3460, rue Saint-Urbain.
The sale – trivial for a building – was exhibited by La Presse on Friday morning. Hours later, the Ministry held to explain his approach.
“[…] The studio of Ernest Cormier, owned by the Société québécoise des infrastructures, already enjoys protection as a building located in the protection area home William Notman, classified heritage building under the Cultural Heritage Act, “thus recalled the MCC without cancel the sale of the studio, however.