ArchitectAffleck de la Riva, architectes
General ContractorSt-Denis Thompson
Sheet Metal ContractorCouverture Montréal Nord
OwnerCity of Saint-Hyacinthe
A regional center located between Montreal and Quebec City; Saint-Hyacinthe is graced by Quebec’s oldest continuously operating public market. Designed by architects Jean-Baptiste Resther and Victor Roy and completed in 1876, this emblematic building bears testament to the vitality of Saint-Hyacinthe’s heritage city center.
As part of a multi-phase project, architects Affleck de la Riva and contractor St-Denis Thompson led the restoration of the facility’s structural timber, windows, doors, load-bearing brick, and decorative wood elements. Working with fabricator Couverture Montréal Nord, they also installed a new copper batten-seam roofing system that represents a key element in the consolidation of the building’s historic identity.
The wrapping of various wood elements with copper sheeting required a high level of attention and skill from artisans. Stepped sidewall flashing, rounded ridges and a chimney coping in the form of a miniature copper house added a refined level of detail to the work. Adding to these technical challenges, the project was carried out while maintaining all businesses in the building in full operation.
Evoking values such as durability, craftsmanship and tradition, the copper roof on Saint-Hyacinthe Public Market makes a significant contribution to this historic structure.