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The building and the greenhouses

The Marie-Victorin Building:
Stone and brick in harmony

This imposing building is a unique example of Art Deco architecture in North America.

It was designed by architect Lucien K?roack (1886-1951), a distant cousin of Brother Marie-Victorin, in co-operation with Henry Teuscher, who also planned the gardens themselves. The fountain, cascading ponds and fence blend in seamlessly and the gardens complete the picture, forming a harmonious whole.


Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:H-1935-0001

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
The central pavilion went up in 1932.


The foundations for the main building were excavated in 1937.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:H-1937-0053-c

Jardin botanique de Montr?al (Archives)

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:DSCN2758

Jardin botanique de Montr?al (Lise Servant)

The main brick structure was added in 1938. Its "H" shape, common to many hospitals and religious buildings, makes the most of natural daylight.

It was named the Marie-Victorin building in 1999.

The colourful low relief panels representing typical Canadian themes are by sculptor Henri Hébert. This is a highly unusual one-of-a-kind finish for a building exterior.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)  - call number:0012-1-00034

Jardin botanique de Montréal
(Michel Tremblay)

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:0012-1-00050

Jardin botanique de Montr?al
(Michel Tremblay)
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