The restoration of the Pointe-Claire windmill: a big step forward

The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, Tim Thomas, and the members of the municipal council tabled, during the regular meeting of September 6, an agreement in principle to be signed between the City of Pointe-Claire and the Archdiocese of Montreal for the restoration and preservation of the Pointe-Claire mill.

When signed, the agreement will confirm a financial contribution from the City for a maximum amount of $967,761. The Archdiocese’s contribution could reach a similar amount in the near future.

The Pointe-Claire windmill was classified as a historical heritage site by the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications in 1983. The archdiocese applied for a grant under the program Restoration of a real estate asset.

Restoration works include rebuilding a period mechanism inside the building and renovating the exterior aesthetics of the mill including the roof and blades.

The emblem of Pointe-Claire

“The Pointe-Claire mill is both the emblem of our city and a unique heritage building. Its restoration will bring more than 300 years of history to life for current and future generations of Pointe-Claire residents,” said the President of the Pointe-Claire Heritage Preservation Society (SSPPC), Andrew Swidzinski.

“Over the past year, our Society has participated in the discussions with the Archdiocese and the City that led to this announcement and we look forward to continuing to collaborate and raise private donations in support of this exciting project” , he continues.

Built in 1710, the windmill is a true symbol of the city. The mill is today one of 18 remaining dating from the time of New France in Quebec.

Reaction of the archdiocese

Pointe-Claire Mayor Tim Thomas stressed the importance of this agreement for future generations. “The land and the building being private property, public access will be ensured to allow everyone to appreciate our history as well as the magnificent view offered by the Pointe Claire site”.

The Archbishop of Montreal, Msgr. Christian Lépine, for his part mentioned that “for the past year, we have been working with various professionals and the local community to set up an optimal solution in order to preserve the windmill”.

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