Palais de justice (Montreal)

The Palais de justice is a courthouse in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located at 1 Notre-Dame Street East in the Old Montreal neighbourhood of the Ville-Marie borough. It was completed in 1971.

Palais de justice
Palais de Justice de Montreal 05.jpg
General information
Architectural styleInternational style, Modernism
Location1, rue Notre-Dame Est
Montreal, Quebec
H2Y 1B6
CoordinatesCoordinates: 45°30′26″N 73°33′19″W / 45.507121°N 73.555307°W / 45.507121; -73.555307
Current tenantsCourt of Quebec, Quebec Superior Court
Construction started1965
OwnerGovernment of Quebec
Height73.92 m (242.5 ft)
Technical details
Floor count18
Design and construction
ArchitectDavid et Boulva

Though located in the Old Montreal historic district, it is an international style structure, featuring the outdoor sculpture Allegrocube. The black metal and granite building is adjacent to the Champ de Mars square. It was designed by Montreal architects Pierre Boulva and Jacques David, whose other prominent Montreal projects included 500 Place D'Armes, Théâtre Maisonneuve, the Dow Planetarium and the Place-des-Arts, Atwater and Lucien-L'Allier metro stations.[3][4]


Created by Charles Daudelin in 1973, Allegrocube is a cube-shaped abstract sculpture outside the Palais, 2.4 m in height, made of bronze.[5]

Older courthousesEdit

Édifice Lucien-Saulnier.
Édifice Lucien-Saulnier, 1901.

The current Palais de justice de Montréal is the third building on Notre-Dame Street in Old Montreal to bear that name. The first was the Old Montreal Courthouse, now known as the municipal Édifice Lucien-Saulnier, designed by John Ostell (as well as Frederick Preston Rubidge) and inaugurated in 1856. Construction on the second, now known as the Édifice Ernest-Cormier and home to the Quebec Court of Appeal, began in 1922.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Palais de Justice, Montreal". SkyscraperPage.
  2. ^ Palais de Justice at Emporis
  3. ^ "Montréal's Architects: David et Boulva". Images Montréal. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  4. ^ "2007 BOMA Canada National Awards Finalists" (PDF). Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  5. ^ "Charles Daudelin". MONTREAL BY METRO. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  6. ^ Rue Notre-Dame East, Old Montreal Web site