Parc station (Montreal) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsPark Avenue station
|Type||Metro station, Retail, and former railway station|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|Location||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Address||395 Jean Talon Street West|
|Current tenants||Joe Fresh|
|Design and construction|
Parc station, also known as Park Avenue station and formerly Jean-Talon station (French: Gare Jean-Talon), is a historic railway station building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Its western end currently houses the Montreal Metro's Parc station, while businesses occupy the rest of the building. The main building no longer serves the railway; the Exo commuter rail Parc station is adjacent. It is located on Jean-Talon Street at the end of Park Avenue in the Park Extension neighbourhood of the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.
The station was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1931. Its traffic declined in the 1950s and it closed in 1984 when Via Rail transferred service to lines headed into Montreal Central Station. The City of Montreal purchased the building and the western end was converted as a metro station and the remainder of the building was adapted for business use. It currently houses a Joe Fresh outlet.
The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Park Avenue station, which was designed by architect Colin Drewitt and opened in 1931. It was inaugurated in the presence of Camillien Houde, the mayor of Montreal at the time. Park Avenue station replaced the Mile End railway station, which was located near the corner of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Bernard Street.
The station's role as an important railway stop permitted the station to host many important figures. One such event occurred in 1939, when the station was the site of a royal visit by King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, who were accompanied by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Park Avenue station was an important stop for railway passengers until the early 1950s. Following the closure of Place Viger in 1951, Park Avenue station suffered a swift decline in traffic. It was closed itself in 1984 when Via Rail Canada transferred the southern terminal of the Montreal-Quebec City (Sainte-Foy) via Trois-Rivières train service from Windsor Station to Montreal Central Station. The same year, the city of Montreal acquired the building and ceded part of the building to the Montreal Urban Community for the construction underground of the Montreal Metro's Parc station, which opened in 1987. In 1997, Exo's commuter rail station opened, using the name Jean-Talon; but this was later changed in 2000 to Parc in order to avoid confusion with the Jean-Talon metro station.
The central portion of the building became an Indigo Books and Music store, which closed and was replaced by a Société des alcools du Québec store, which itself closed in 2010.
The central portion of the building currently houses a Joe Fresh outlet. The Montreal Metro's Parc station occupies the western end of the building. Adjacent is the separate Parc commuter rail station.
Montreal Metro station
|Location||7245, Hutchison Street, Montreal
|Operated by||Société de transport de Montréal|
|Connections||Parc (Exo) Template:Exo lines|
|Depth||15.1 metres (49 feet 6 inches), 35th deepest|
|Architect||Blouin, Blouin & Associés
Colin M. Drewitt (Park Avenue Station)
|Opened||15 June 1987|
|Passengers (2020 )||1,404,426 54.7%|
|Rank||36 of 68|
Parc station serves the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro. It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
The Metro station was built after the city purchased Jean-Talon station in 1984, and opened in 1987. The entrance was built in and under the building's far west end, with the entrance in the former men's smoking room. It is a normal side platform station. The platform level features a frieze by Huguette Desjardins, and the skylight at the foot of the stairs to the exit contains a sculpture called Métamorphose d'Icare by Claire Sarrasin, an homage to the local Greek community.
|Location||300 Ogilvy Avenue, Montreal, Quebec|
|Operated by||Exo (public transit)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||Parc (Montreal Metro) STM transit bus service|
|Bicycle facilities||7 spaces|
|Opened||May 12, 1997|
|Passengers (2019 )||863,500 (Exo)|
The Exo commuter rail operates a station immediately adjacent to the historic building. Parc station is part of Exo's Saint-Jérôme line. The Exo station's platforms are built along the main line; the space between the old Jean-Talon railway station building and the railway line, where the original platforms were located, is now occupied by a Provigo Le Marché supermarket.
Connecting bus routes
|Société de transport de Montréal|
|80 Avenue du Parc|
|92 Jean-Talon Ouest|
|365 Avenue du Parc|
|480 Express Du Parc|
Nearby points of interest
- CLSC Parc Extension
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