Montreal Bathhouse Shut Down For Condos. They are springing up in urban centers all over the world. With all that new construction, something has got to go. Usually that has been are historic buildings or businesses with long history.
Case in point Montreal bathhouse historic Le 456 Sauna has closed its doors after 33 years to make way for a new condo. But this story has a happy ending. The sauna has been invited by the condo’s owners to open a new sauna inside the brand new condo!
The new owners came to this decision because ‘it has a cultural value, serves a niche market and is part of the heritage of that building’
As reported in the Montreal Gazette
“The sauna was still very nice inside,” says Le 456 Sauna owner Dany Rathé. The bathhouse (called “saunas” in Quebec) boasted a pool, gym, steamroom and jacuzzi with 74 smaller rooms and 7 double rooms over two floors. It could accommodate 200 customers at any given time.
“But the building was very old and if there were [only] 50 customers, the place [was so big] it looked empty,” Rathé says. “So I’m very happy that it will be rebuilt. It’ll be better.”
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