A New Future for the Montréal Mies Gaz Station


  • France Vanlaethem





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


When it comes to ensuring the authenticity of an architectural conservation project, is an architect’s interpretation of the original sufficient in itself? Or should the architect’s largely intuitive understanding of a site be complemented by the knowledge of the architectural historian? The adaptive reuse of the Île des Soeurs service station, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1967 and renovated by architect Éric Gauthier in 2011, raises such questions. The unique value of this small facility is recognized by its designation as a historic monument. Today, it is a multigenerational activity centre where youth and seniors can gather to learn, play, and socialize.

How to Cite

Vanlaethem, F. (2015). A New Future for the Montréal Mies Gaz Station. Docomomo Journal, (52), 48–53. https://doi.org/10.52200/52.A.J10W10TT




Author Biography

France Vanlaethem

Chair of docomomo Québec. Graduated as an architect from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et des Arts Visuels – La Cambre in Brussels. Professor Emeritus at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). France Vanlaethem has published numerous articles and books on the history of modern architecture in Belgium and Québec and on the preservation of modern heritage.