Received these pictures from an urban explorer friend who says she may have found the foundations of the old Turcot Roundhouse which was demolished in 1961. I wonder if the Ministry of Transport (MTQ) has any idea of what they have dug up? If you look at the proximity of the foundations to the wall in the bottom picture and notice the curvature of the foundations then you pretty much have to conclude that this is the foundation of the old Turcot Roundhouse. That is roughly where the Roundhouse stood and what else could have been there? Also the wall running along the top of St. Jacques was once the vehicle for what was probably Montreal’s longest ever graffiti piece. It was never easy to see because of the growth on the side of the hill that was obviously cut away for the construction.
This is very exciting stuff but probably all dug away the following day.
Big thanks to Nelly Van Cleef for the pictures and please check out her Flickr page!!
P.S. Have since found out that the MTQ did hold a poorly attended (poor publicized?) public consultation on this issue in September 2014 and they even had an architect come in who claimed the foundation was of no architectural interest. See the report here (en francais).
It would have been quite something if they had just dug it up as it was and allowed people to go in to view/photograph it.