Formerly Simmons Company’s mattress factory, Complexe du Canal Lachine was built around 1919. Located on the banks of the canal, near the Atwater Market, the building covers an area of over 300,000 square feet.
The building was nearly abandoned when the current owners bought it in 1993. Improvements and major restorations were undertaken to build more than 200 commercial lofts, making Complexe du Canal Lachine one the first building of its kind in Montreal.
Since the acquisition of Complexe du Canal Lachine, its owners envisioned creating a community of artists with a restaurant and art gallery to encourage artistic exchange, and synergies. Many start-up enterprises find in Complexe du Canal Lachine high quality, small-scale and affordable units, adapted to their needs. When they need to expand, Complexe Dompark, located on the other side of the canal, offers the larger spaces they are seeking. Today, Complexe du Canal Lachine is bustling with artists of every kind including painters, photographers, sculptors, artisans, graphic designers, game designers, publishers and a textile school.