Originally built by the Sulpicians, with the help of local volunteers, as a staple for the community of Little Burgundy in 1861, St. Joseph’s Church was an inclusive place to meet, celebrate and find support. Overtime, the church fell into economic hardship and the community was faced with a challenge to save this breathtaking building before loosing another part of its history.
Le Salon 1861 was built to reconnect people to collective space and break the silos between sectors of our society. Universities, entrepreneurs, local citizens, community organizations and private business will work side-by-side to redefine how we work, live and play together. Le Salon 1861 seeks to engage various stakeholders to redefine social roles in non-traditional manners by creating an entrepreneurial hub – reinventing the role of business. In times of funding austerity and growing economic divide, this historical gem of a building is brought back to its original purpose of bringing people together.
Le Salon 1861 host a full service event hall, a restaurant sourcing local produce and an entrepreneurial social hub that allow businesses, community groups and local citizens to network, share resources, train employees and create contacts. Le Salon 1861 also act as a living laboratory for institutional research in the areas of implementing sustainable green building practices and social business through the McGill Faculty of Architecture and the Desautels Faculty of Management. The wide range of stakeholders within Le Salon 1861 allows for a unique exchange of ideas and resources between communities, businesses and institutions. The building will also be surrounded by an urban garden and will host a wide range of events, workshops and conferences open to businesses and local residents.