Thursday June 23 2016 – The population will have the opportunity to see the interior of Shed 1 of the Port of Trois-Rivières, while the Festivoix will hold four free shows of Les Voix Chorales on Saturday and Sunday mornings, June 25-26 and July 2-3.

“This summer we have a momentum during which hangar No. 1 is empty for a few days, just in time to make it accessible to the population, during the Festivities. This is a great opportunity for the curious to visit this exceptional industrial heritage site. ” said Gaétan Boivin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Trois-Rivières, with pride.

A footprint that reflects the scale of the industrial era in Trois-Rivières, During the 1930s, thanks to the many industries that settled near the Port to facilitate their trade, the Port saw its facilities modernize and expand at a steady pace. Hangar No. 1 is the last surviving building from this period, during which hangars lined the entire harbour promenade.

The portion of Hangar No. 1 along the river was built around 1934 and expanded along the railway line in 1937. Inside, you can still see overhead cranes that made it easier to handle paper. Outside, wooden walkways were raised from the warehouse doors for the stevedores to roll the paper reels, which weighed about 350 kilograms each, to the ship.

Vessel moored at Pier No. 1Currently, the 226-metre-long CSL St-Laurent is docked at Pier 1, exactly where the ships with paper-filled holds once were. He will spend part of the summer there.  

About the construction of Hangar No. 1The building structure is made of steel and the foundations and floor are made of reinforced concrete. The exterior cladding is mainly made of bricks. The roof structure is made of wooden planks on which an elastomer membrane is applied. Glazed windows are located throughout the upper part of the wall on the river side. A row of windows is also present in the middle wall of the hangar. The hangar is 146 meters long by 46 meters wide. Its interior surface area is 6,500 square meters (70,000 square feet) and its interior height varies between 28 and 40 feet. 

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