La Maison Simpsons in 1929

La Maison Simpsons
(1929)

La Maison Simons in 1999

La Maison Simons
(1999)

The building today

The building today

History

This 210,000 square feet building was constructed in 1929 and originally housed Simpson store. After some years of neglect, it was renovated over a two-year period and in 1999, the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance was born.

As its name suggests, this building has become a crossroads of activity and people. A symbol of both the past and the future, the building goes back many years and is now carrying on gracefully into the third millennium. The Carrefour Industrielle Alliance is located in the heart of Montreal’s pedestrian network, one of the biggest in Canada.

Two major businesses anchor the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance’s commercial concept: La Maison Simons and the Banque Scotia theatre accompanied by numerous restaurants and boutiques.

A great project and a great man: Raoul Dandurand
Raoul Dandurand portrait

Raoul Dandurand

The Carrefour Industrielle Alliance has been dedicated to a great Montrealer, Raoul Dandurand, a Canadian senator and diplomat who had a brilliant political career both nationally and internationally.

Raoul Dandurand was born in Montreal in 1861. He was admitted to the Bar in 1883, but practised his profession for only a few years. He ultimately preferred the political arena. In 1879, at the age of 18, he participated in his first election campaign as a federal Liberal candidate. That experience was the start of a political career that spanned the rest of his life, ending only upon his death in 1942.

It is fitting to dedicate this building in downtown Montreal to the memory of Raoul Dandurand. It gives him the honour he deserves, here in his hometown.

The Carrefour – at the centre of motion, time and people