About les Forges

Our mission

The mission of Les Forges de Montrealis to preserve, spread and pass on the artisan heritage of the forge and its trades.
To do this, Les Forges has the following objectives:

  • To contribute significantly to the inventory, the safeguarding, the spreading and the dissemination of the tangible, intangible and property heritages of the forge here and elsewhere, under all of its forms of expression;
  • To promote practical and theoretical research, locally and abroad, in order to reconstruct the historical data and the ancestral techniques representative of Quebec, Canadian and international heritages, and spread that knowledge;
  • To promote the development, conception and sale of products created with patrimonial know-how in the field of artisanal blacksmithing and metallurgy;
  • To encourage the emergence of competent and independent artisan/entrepreneur blacksmiths;
  • To bring together artisans working in different branches of heritage or heritage-inspired blacksmithing and metallurgy trades, and make their work known.

Vision

In five years, Les Forges will be:

  • An urban (industrial) site protected by an emphyteutic lease agreement, situated in an industrial environment that has been renovated to tone down the traffic, dust and noise;
  • A stop for cyclists at the junction of the bicycle paths of the Lachine Canal and those coming from Point-St-Charles, Nun’s Island, Old Montreal and Saint Helene’s Island;
  • A space (the forge) of research, teaching and perfecting, production, residency and live demonstrations;
  • An interpretation center (permanent exhibition hall) of the blacksmithing trades and the industrial history of the sector: the mills, the canal, the drains and the pumping station, the port, the silos, the Victoria Bridge and the railway, Goose Village, the Plan Shearer, etc.;
  • An educational site capable of receiving two classes at a time (50 students) with educational programs on the forge, the industrial history and the port of the city;
  • A temporary exhibition space related to current metal trades;
  • An educational room (workshops for children);
  • A boutique where visitors can purchase works of metal and souvenirs of their visit.

Spatial needs

Note: All the areas, except for the forge itself, the technical area and the maintenance workshop, must have universal access.

The inside:(*)

  • Welcome area (receiving counter, boutique, coatroom (for at least 50 people), bathrooms;
    Permanent exhibition hall;
  • Educational room (workshop);
  • Temporary exhibition area;
  • The forge (now centrally located) visible from one of the exhibition rooms, but not accessible from the public places;
  • Office area (for at least two people) and a cleaning closet;
  • Employee area (lockers, shower, bathroom, kitchenette and dining area);
  • Storage space for equipment (tables, chairs, mobile lockers, etc.);
  • A technical workshop (heating equipment, air treatment, compressors);
  • Workshop for non-forge tools (welders, lathes and grindstones) to maintain equipment and a laboratory to analyze the materials.

The Exterior:(*)

  • Parking space for at least one school-bus (perhaps two);
  • Parking spaces for visitors and employees;
  • Rest area for cyclists;
  • Signage for the building, but also for the train traffic, trucks, cars, bus stop and bicycles.

(*): Non-exhaustive list of areas