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Visions of Stewart Hall: 1885-1963 – Historical exhibition at the Cultural Centre

The City of Pointe-Claire is pleased to present Visions of Stewart Hall: 1885–1963, a new permanent exhibition at the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre beginning March 22.

Adorning the walls of the Cultural Centre’s second-floor hallway, Visions of Stewart Hall: 1885–1963 offers a glimpse into the history of this iconic Pointe-Claire landmark through the lens of its successive owners.

“The Stewart Hall Cultural Centre is an integral part of Pointe-Claire culture and holds a prominent place in the area. Every visit to this mansion is a journey into the past. The exhibition invites citizens to embrace this majestic place that is part of our rich culture,” Mayor John Belvedere said.

Intended and designed as a journey through time, the exhibition is divided into six themed sections that visitors can explore at their own pace: Montréal’s bourgeoisie in the late nineteenth century, From villa to castle, Gentlemen farmers, Serving religious faith, Development of Pointe-Claire and other Montréal suburbs, and Cultural life in Québec in the 1950s.

Much more than just the history of the mansion, a chapter of Québec’s history is revealed here through historical photographs, some of them unpublished, and documents from several archives. We discover a portrait of the occupants of the premises, the customs of a not-so-distant past, as well as snippets of the broader history of Montréal bourgeoisie, from the industrial era to the end of the Roaring Twenties. It also looks at the place of religion throughout these years and the development of the leisure industry in Québec.

Lastly, the exhibition pays tribute to those who were a driving force behind the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre: the Stewart family, the generous donors, as well as the visionaries who worked towards establishing one of the very first cultural centres in Québec.

“This new exhibition echoes The Memory of Water, the mural created in the summer of 2020 showcasing various representations of Pointe-Claire’s history through archives inspired by the theme of water. These works highlight a rich history that belongs to our collective memory,” the mayor concluded.

This new permanent exhibition is presented thanks to the support of the Friends of Stewart Hall Foundation. It is a perfect complement to a visit to Stewart Hall Cultural Centre and adds to the art gallery’s constantly renewed programming.

The exhibition can be visited during the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre’s opening hours. No reservation is required. Visitors are asked to follow the health measures in effect.


Information: 514-630-1220, stewarthall@pointe-claire.ca