Canadian Centre for Architecture

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Canadian Centre for Architecture
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an architecture museum and research centre located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Phyllis Lambert is the founder and director. The centre is located at 1920 Baile street and was designed by Montreal native architect Peter Rose, now of Rose + Guggenheimer Studio (Boston, New York). It is housed in a building made up of the historical Shaughnessy mansion, built for Thomas Shaughnessy, which faces René Lévesque Boulevard, and a modern low lying construction which faces Baile Street and presents the museum entrance. The CCA sculpture garden includes Melvin Charney's Colonnes allégoriques. Completed in 1989, the CCA received the Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects and the Governor General's Medals in Architecture in 1992. Most of the rooms of the Shaughnessy mansion have been restored to their original 1874 state. The centre offers tours adapted to specific groups and educational programs for children. It has vast collections of books and artifacts touching on all aspects of the built environment and certain aspects of industrial design. Within the general collections it has special collections such as those pertaining to architectural games for children, universal exhibitions and their architecture, and famous Canadian architects including Ernest Cormier. The centre mounts regular shows of different aspects of its collections and hosts touring exhibits from other museums. It also has an extensive bookstore, a concert hall, and well planned gardens. The sculpture garden which lies across René Lévesque Boulevard offers a full scale ghost-like lower shell of the bottom part of the Shaughnessy mansion, and assorted modernistic sculptures or constructs which are developed around the theme of architecture. The Centre's considerable research library is open to the public, but only by appointment. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009.

Affiliations
The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.