The iconic Van Horne Warehouse was built in 1924 on the narrow rectangular lot between the Canadian Pacific Railway and Van Horne Avenue, facing St. Lawrence Boulevard.
It was built by Wilfrid Duquette for his warehousing company, the St. Lawrence Warehousing Company, which owned the building until the early 1960s. Thereafter, several owners and occupants succeeded one another, but the warehousing vocation remained, notably Docu-Dépôt and Docudata.
Since the 1990s, the sector has undergone a major transformation, particularly with deindustrialization. Large industries are leaving the area, and new uses are appearing. Along Van Horne, under the viaduct and near the railroad, citizen initiatives are also appearing, aiming to invest these places that were closed to the population for a long time. The Champ des possibles, Kabane 77, the multifunctional track (since 1994), and the skatepark are all initiatives that allow citizens to transform urban life near the railroad.
Gabor Szilasi, 1981, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada