Special Report

Home of the Victrola: Hidden gem of St-Henri

Hidden away in the heart of St-Henri is the former RCA factory where Emile Berliner built some of the most famous inventions of the 20th century and where some well-known artists have recorded.

Concordia University/CBC series explores stories from Montreal's St-Henri neighbourhood

The former RCA factory on Lacasse Street in St-Henri.

In the basement of a factory, a dozen men snack on Timbits and drink wine while others operate heavy machinery.

For years, they've gathered here, at the Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner, to tinker with pieces of equipment and give them new life.

Recently, they've helped give the museum new life as well. 

Major renovations are happening in this former RCA factory at 1050 Lacasse Street.

This hidden gem in the heart of St-Henri was where Emile Berliner built some of the most famous inventions of the 20th century and where some well-known artists have recorded. 

Part of St-Henri's industrial past is being carried into the present and the future by the building and the people who work there. 

Take a look, and a listen, to some of the items in the collection of St-Henri's Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner. 1:38

Profiles

Learn more about people who inspired the museum and those who are working hard to help it grow:

The inventor: Emile Berliner 

The staff member: Meggie Savard 

The volunteer: Robert McDuff 


St-Henri Chronicles

St-Henri Chronicles is a collaboration between the Department of Journalism at Concordia University, and CBC Montreal.

Students in a graduate-level multimedia course were asked to find and produce original stories on St-Henri for their final class project.

They spent the winter term developing these stories, and experimented with sound, pictures, video, infographics and maps to tell them.