The NCC is seeking partners to animate the house at 1224 Chemin de la Montagne as part of its Capital Culture Lives Here initiative. This property neighbours the Strutt House in Gatineau.

Our vision for this property: transforming it into an “in-residence” space for artists, scientists or others who can contribute to the experience of Gatineau Park and the capital.

About the project

In July 2022, the NCC launched a request for expressions of interest (REI) for the house at 1224 Chemin de la Montagne.

The Capital Culture Lives Here project has four key objectives for this site:

  1. To forge a mutually beneficial partnership between the NCC and creative organizations to animate the house at 1224 Chemin de la Montagne as part of a cultural residency program.
  2. To breathe new life into the house and site through a viable, sustainable new use and a multi-year lease;
  3. To showcase the unique history and heritage value of the house.
  4. To support artistic development, academic research, and/or nature conservation as part of the Capital experience, in support of the NCC’s mandate.


Proposals must include:

  • a concept that champions creativity in the National Capital Region
  • community outreach
  • demonstrated experience in managing a residency or similar program
  • bilingual client services and public communications
  • cultural programming

Proponents can also propose a partnership for the neighbouring property, the Strutt House, located at 1220 Chemin de la Montagne. A seperate REI is under way for this property. The NCC will prioritize proposals that include both properties.

Key features of the site

The house was designed by well-known Canadian architect James Strutt. Its noticeable geometric shape creates a striking visual contrast with its tranquil surroundings. It is located on the Eardley Escarpment, home to the richest and most fragile ecosystem in Gatineau Park.

The house will become available for occupancy along with the Strutt house, in 2024.

Floor Area: 181 m2 (1947 square feet)
Floor Levels: 4

Process and timeline

2022

  • The NCC held a workshop in March 2022 on the vocation of the house at 1224 Chemin de la Montagne.
  • The NCC launched the REI in July 2022.
  • Proponents may submit questions about the REI until October 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).
  • Proponents may submit proposals by October 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).