1001 Lenoir – RCA buildingDescription
The RCA Building offers loft-type commercial space ranging from 400 to 40,000 square feet that is suitable for office space, art studios, photography studios, showrooms, retail sales, and storage.
- Large parking lot
- Fitness room
- Secure access 24/7
1883 Emile Berliner invents the gramophone as well as the flat disk and the mold to print disks (records).
1893 The gramophone is marketed by a company founded by Emile Berliner, The United States Gramophone Company.
1895 The United States Gramophone Company and a group of businessmen create the Berliner Gramophone Company.
1899 Emile Berliner moves to Montreal
1900 Emile Berliner registers his company’s logo, the dog Nipper listening to a gramophone, at the Patent Office. The artist Francis Barraud painted the image that has been used for over 70 years. The logo was used in Montreal starting in 1900, on the back of disk 402, Hello My Baby by Frank Bata. Emile Berliner produced 2,000 records during his first two years of operation in Montreal. Over 2 million records were sold in 1901 alone.
The first brick building on Lenoir Street was built around 1908. Some time between 1908 and 1912, the company had a southern section built to its plant on Lenoir Street. The building, which was very modern at the time, was made of reinforced concrete over four floors and had very large openings. An advertising billboard, placed on the roof, showed the dog Nipper and the words “The home of the Victrola.” The company underwent a major expansion after World War I along with an expansion of the plant in the Saint-Henri district. After construction of the building along Saint-Antoine Street was completed, in 1921, Berliner Gramophone built one of the most modern plants in Montreal. The 50,000-square-foot plant manufactured gramophones and records. In 1924, the Victor Talking Machine Company bought the company, which would merge in 1992 with RCA to become RCA Victor. Emile Berliner died of a heart attack on August 3, 1929.
1940 The plant now has a floor area of over 300,000 square feet and over 150 employees. RCA-Victor becomes the leading manufacturer of records in Canada. The RCA recording studio opens its doors. Big-name recording artists still come to RCA to record their albums.
Circa 1970 RCA-Victor’s main business operations are transferred from the U.S. to Japan. Commercial space is then rented to various companies, which today number over 200.
1996 The Emile Berliner Musée des Ondes, one of the few museums with an interest in the history of technology and industrialization in Quebec, opens its doors to the public. Housed in the former RCA Victor plant in Montreal’s Saint-Henri district, the museum seeks to pay tribute to the inventor of the record and gramophone.
Adresse: 1001 Rue Lenoir
Montréal, QC H4C 2Z6
Année de construction : 1920 & 1943
Étages : 5
Superficie par étage : 80 000 pieds²
Superficie totale : 351 000 pieds²
Géré par : Édifice RCA
Téléphone: 514-933-2211 #2
Vocation : Commercial
Propriétaire original : BerlinerGramaphoneCompany