Collection by Kelly Dawson

A Montreal Renovation Uncovers Rich, Century-Old Architecture


A renovation opened up a property built in 1910.

When designer Anne Sophie Goneau first ascended the stairs of a century-old triplex to reach its highest door, she found a site filled with low standards: a series of light-obstructing walls cornered off rooms and boxed in a tiny kitchen. But the property had potential and it didn’t hurt that its address in downtown Montreal was close to entertainment. “The challenge,” she said, “[was] to optimize the space while respecting the architectural integrity of the existing location.” As demolition of plaster walls took place, Goneau and her team discovered original bricks that she decided to work into the final design. Now, the bricks are just one example of a home distinguished by its details—from glossy thermoplastic cabinets to glass partitions that carry light to every corner.

White oak flooring complements a custom-made, matte white island at the center of the kitchen.
Sico’s Grey Frost white paint covers the majority of the walls in the kitchen and dining room, while the countertops...
The custom-made kitchen cabinetry has a thermoplastic surface that gives it a glossy finish.
“The idea was to highlight the raw materials discovered during demolition,” Goneau said.
The kitchen’s exposed brick wall matches its cabinetry in Benjamin Moore’s “Kendall Charcoal” hue.
“The color palette is monochromatic to better communicate the subtlety in the materials’ texture,” Goneau said.
White oak wood and recessed lighting by Contrast Lighting streches from the homes' common areas to its sole bedroom,...
The cast pipe is original to the property and stands next to a Starck 3 toilet by Duravit.
Douglas Fir covers the outdoor terrace, where custom-made cedar seats overlook the Jacques Cartier Bridge.