Montreal

City's oldest stable torn down in Griffintown

The 155-year-old Griffintown Horse Palace was torn down Wednesday.

Plans already in works to rebuild on same site this fall

The Griffintown Horse Palace was demolished this week. (La Presse canadienne/Ryan Remiorz)

The 155-year-old Griffintown Horse Palace, known as the oldest stable in the city, was torn down this week.

After years of decline, the stable's structure was determined to be too dangerous to use and temporary stables were built to house the horses still using the facility.

The stable, built in 1862, is sandwiched between condo developments on the corner of Ottawa Street and De La Montagne Street close to the Lachine canal.

In its final days, the Horse Palace was deemed too dangerous to use. (Lauren McCallum/CBC)

A local foundation that's been lobbying to save the building for years is hoping to see it rebuilt on the same site later this fall.

The Horse Palace Foundation came up with a plan to rebuild and turn the new stable into a heritage and cultural site.

Members submitted a proposal to the city last year, along with a pledge to contribute $150,000 to the project, said the group's vice-president Robert Girard.

"We've tried to save the building and it was not possible. It's way too old ... it could crumble anytime," said Girard, adding the foundation will try to keep the property's "spirit" with the same amount of space and trees.

The foundation is hoping to see the Horse Palace rebuilt starting this fall. (http://griffintownhorsepalace.com)

They hope to save as much of the original material as possible, like bricks and beams, to be used in the rebuild.

A spokesperson for the City of Montreal said the city has not yet decided whether it will help cover the total $450,000 price tag.

With files from the Canadian Press

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