Nuns' Island gas station

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The filling station, in 2007.
The filling station, closed, in April 2010.

The Nun's Island gas station was a modernist-style filling station designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1969, one of four buildings by Mies in Nuns' Island, an island in the city of Montreal. Closed for several years, it was later converted to a community centre.[1][2]

It was the first gas station on the island, and the first designed by Mies, who had worked in collaboration with local architect Paul H. Lapointe on the project. The station was commissioned by Imperial Oil.[3]

Community centre[edit]

"La Station" lighting at night

The borough of Verdun transformed the building into a community arts centre, La Station.[4] Eric Gauthier was the lead architect on the project, which saw the two glass pavilions rebuilt to their original 3,000- and 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) sizes.[5]

La Station is a community centre for teens and people over 50 years of age. The two main buildings are called the salle blanche (English: white room) and salle noire (English: black room), after their floor colours. The original glass-enclosed attendant's booth serves as a display case of Mies' and the building's history, with the former fuel dispensers marked by ventilation shafts. The centre uses geothermal energy.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "In Your Neighbourhood: The Mies Van Der Rohe Buildings". City of Montreal Web site. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  2. ^ Perreaux, Les (2009-01-27). "The Ritz of gas stations looks for a new life". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  3. ^ "Master architect designs unique station". Montreal Gazette. "Both pavilions use geothermal energy for heating and air conditioning," 20, 1968. p. 90. Retrieved 26 December 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Lejtenyi, Patrick. "Nuns saves Mies". Montreal Mirror. Communications Gratte-Ciel Ltée. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  5. ^ Leblanc, Dave (8 July 2011). "Mies's Montreal gas station gets new lease on life". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  6. ^ Woolfrey, John (24 February 2012). "LA STATION: THE JEWEL IN THE NUNS' ISLAND CROWN". Openfile Montreal. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2012.

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Coordinates: 45°27′36″N 73°32′41″W / 45.4601°N 73.5446°W / 45.4601; -73.5446