Information and schedule

The Stewart Hall Cultural Centre has been an integral part of the city’s culture since it opened in 1963. It offers high-quality cultural events and encourages local initiatives by getting the community involved.

176 Du Bord-du-Lac – Lakeshore Road
Pointe-Claire, Quebec  H9S 4J7
514-630-1220
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The Cultural Centre can be accessed by metro (Lionel-Groulx station) or buses 211, 411 or 405. Visit www.stm.info for more information.


Opening hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Office hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Closed:

  • Saturdays in July and August
  • September 5 (Labour Day)
  • October 10 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 24, 25 and 26 (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
  • December 31, January 1 and 2 (New Year’s Eve, New Years Day and the following day)

Mission

Making art and culture accessible to as many people as possible.

  • The Art Gallery offers art exhibits of exceptional quality. The permanent collection, hanging in the various City buildings, includes works by renowned artists.
  • The Reading and Reference Room (inaugurated in 2004) offers a relaxing and warm atmosphere to students, researchers, and the public who have access, for reference purposes only, to books and magazines on culture and the arts, recent periodicals and the most important newspapers of the region. Internet access and photocopy services are also available there. Conferences on the arts, travel, music, and culture take place on a regular basis.
  • Art Rental and Sales is also part of the Reading and Reference Room, offering for sale or rent an impressive collection of original works of art. The Boutique also sells numerous items hand crafted by local artists and artisans.
  • The Kids’ Corner plays an important role in the Cultural Centre’s activities. Apart from research books on specific subjects or reading material just for pleasure, the Kid’s Corner now offers various activities and exhibitions for young people.

Historical Overview

At the end of the 17th century, the Society of St-Sulpice Priests, then owners of the Island of Montreal, divided the west part of the Island into several parcels that were repeatedly subdivided.


The Knoll

Thomas Avery Crane, of Crane & Baird Grain Exporters, bought the lot known as “The Knoll.” On it, he built an imposing wooden country house by the edge of the lake and began farming north of Lakeshore Road.

In 1901, the house and the farm were sold to Hugh Andrew Allen, the descendant of a legendary Montreal family and owner of Allan Line Steamship Co., while part of the land was reserved for a tree farm, the PointeClaire Nursery.


The Mull Hall

With the property’s sale in 1911, the new owner, Charles Wesley MacLean, reassembled the original parcels of land to plant a model farm. In 1915, he demolished the house, which he considered beneath his social standing earned through his marriage to the daughter of Senator Fulford, and ordered a larger but less ornamented copy of Fulford Place, the family home he had now inherited.

The project was awarded to Robert Findlay, a Scottish architect who designed some thirty houses for the Montreal elite along the Golden Mile and in Westmount between 1890 and 1930.

Completed in 1916, Mull Hall took its name from the ancestral home of the MacLean clan on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.

The facade has a symmetrical design modified only by the colonnaded portico at the main entrance. A veranda in the same formal style surrounds the other sides of the building. The house is built of blocks of rusticated limestone extracted from local quarries.

The hip roof was originally covered with cedar shingles, now replaced by sheets of copper leaves.

In 1940 the Fathers of Sainte-Croix acquired the property for a noviciate and continued to farm. The sale of the property in the 1950s excluded the four-acres of the estate on which the mansion now stands. These were bought by May Beatrice Stewart, who sold them for the symbolic amount of $1 to the City of PointeClaire. The architects Papineau, Gérin-Lajoie and Leblanc restored the mansion, and the official opening of Stewart Hall was held on February 16, 1963.


Stewart Hall

Over the years, the City received numerous proposals outlining possible uses for the mansion. A planning committee was formed, and Mrs. “Vi” Duncanson’s proposal to make it a cultural centre was accepted.

The restoration was entrusted to architect Guy Gérin-Lajoie. It is to his credit that the mansion has retained its original character while fulfilling its functional role.

The official opening of Stewart Hall was held on February 16, 1963. The building now houses Pointe-Claire’s cultural centre, Stewart Hall, which includes Stewart Hall Art Gallery and the Art Lend.

Stewart Hall offers the following cultural services: exhibit galleries, a Reading and Reference Room, a Kids’ Corner, and an arts and crafts rental and sales service.

 

Reading and Reference Room and Kids’ Corner

Located on the second floor of Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, the Reading and Reference Room has an interesting collection of books, movies, documentaries and CDs on art and culture available. For use by students, researchers and the general public, this welcoming and peaceful space also comes equipped with computers and Internet access. Photocopying services are also available.

The Reading and Reference Room additionally offers rich and diverse programming, including a series of lectures on music, culture and travel, as well as an art film series.

Kids’ Corner offers exhibits designed for kids. Children can also consult material on various subjects and do their schoolwork.


Hours

Monday to Friday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Help us improve our collections!

Do you have books or materials on art, music, photography, artistic trades, architecture or heritage? We accept French and English book donations.


Book sale

Books are always available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Friends of Stewart Hall.


Information

For more information, please call 514-630-1221.

 

Room rentals

To rent a room in the Cultural Centre or the Noël-Legault Centre, please call 514-630-1220, extension 1775. Rooms are available for meetings, wedding receptions and other occasions. Restrictions apply. Rental fees available upon request.

 

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Information

For more information, please call 514-630-1220 or email us at stewarthall@pointe-claire.ca

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