La Crêperie sur le pont Provencher
While modest in scale, the La Creperie project has left an indelible influence on the City’s Skyline. The former Provencher Bridge was a bascule bridge, whose center span could be raised in order to allow boats to pass beneath the bridge. When boat traffic ceased in the 1900s, the controls were removed from the control house, located on the south walkway of the bridge, and it was abandoned. In early 1998, Préfontaine Architect, later to become GPPArchitecture Inc., was approached to convert this abandoned 150 s.f. wood-framed building into a food servery kiosk. The building was rehabilitated to its original appearance, but existing windows were converted into servery style windows, allowing patrons to be served from the west and south sides of the structure. An open air deck was added to the south side of the control house and cantilevered out over the waterway so that patrons could sit and enjoy views of the river and surroundings, while enjoying a meal. This kiosk and plaza were operated up until the time when it was demolished to make way for the new Pont Provencher / Esplanade Riel and its central plaza, similarly cantilevered southward over the waterway.
Client: Entreprise Saint-Boniface Inc / Gerald Pantel