Conversion of the Church of Sainte-Germaine-Cousin Reaching out to the Community





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


This essay synthesizes a serious concern related to built ecclisiastical heritage in Quebec. Most of all, it intends to present the recent conversion of the church of Sainte-Germaine-Cousin in Montreal, built between 1960 and 1962 by architect Gérard Notebaert into a community center related to social housing and child care. Today, after a decade and as the project is nearly complete, it recounts a modern heritage tale that led to an exceptional outcome from social and cultural perspectives and, of course, from an architectural angle. On a larger scale, this project responded sensitively to fundamental issues by creating awareness and a sense of belonging toward modern built heritage.

How to Cite

Salvione, M.-D. (2015). Conversion of the Church of Sainte-Germaine-Cousin Reaching out to the Community. Docomomo Journal, (52), 34–39.




Author Biography

Marie-Dina Salvione, University of Quebec at Montreal

(b. 1975, Québec). PhD, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Marie-Dina Salvione focuses her interests on built heritage, mostly modern church architecture daylighting. Marie-Dina Salvione teaches at Université du Québec à Montréal in the graduate program in modern built heritage, where she tackles public awareness issues related to modern architecture.


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