Le Complexe Bourbon, it’s here #1!

Le Complexe Bourbon is located right in the heart of the Gay Village, close downtown. More precisely, it’s on Ste-Catherine Street between Alexandre De Sève Street et De Champlain Street, just there!

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The signature building of the Village was created by Normand Chamberland who already possessed a few shops around: la Taverne du Village, le Drugstore, La Track... He took the opportunity to buy the land where the building stands today. He first opened the Hôtel Bourbon in 1990, then the Club Sandwich in 1991. Soon enough, he acquired all the building in the block but two fires in 1997 and 2003 made the landlord to do renovations. He even build a “chapel” on 3rd floor to celebrate unions since people were more and more openminded about the gay community.

Inspired from Normand’s Las Vegas trips as well as from Bourbon St. in NoLa, the glossy and over-the-top-style of this building literally transformed the neighbourhood! However following Normand Chamberland’s death in 2008, Complexe Bourbon revenue couldn’t keep up and shops slowly tend to go out of business. To add more to the problems of the Complexe Bourbon, the Régie du bâtiment du Québec was concerned about many buildings rules and norms misrespect…

A story ended in the Village with the Complexe Bourbon closure between 2013 and 2014. The building will be demolished by the end of 2017 and the land should host a new project… still to be formalized. A public consultation has been announced.

To us, it would be great if the new project were to be as eccentric and electric as the Complexe Bourbon was with its guitar-shaped galery and its multicolored casino lightings,… But enjoy this beautiful building while is still there with a  running tour, there is plenty to see and discover in the neighbourhood !

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