La Cité des Tours and the old Singer factory: a journey through time
On Saturday, September 14, residents at La Cité des Tours celebrated the golden age of the Singer factory with a big celebration that brought together the community of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Here’s a look back at an afternoon full of nostalgia and appreciation for local heritage.
A journey through time
The event organized by La Cité des Tours, entitled La Singer au fil du temps (“The Singer Factory Through History”), was attended by more than 200 locals, who joined residents and their families to commemorate an important period in the city’s history.
Upon their arrival, the visitors were greeted by an exhibition of vintage cars from different eras including a 1968 Ford Mustang and a 1934 Dodge convertible. But the trip down memory lane didn’t end there! An exhibition of historical photographs loaned by the residents themselves gave the visitors the chance to glimpse into another era and see former factory workers, old sports teams and firefighters in action, bringing many touching moments from the past to life. Participants also got the chance to make new memories thanks to a special photo booth.
Over the course of the afternoon, artist Eric Nado created a unique commemorative artwork using real artifacts from the Singer factory. Visitors gathered around to watch the artist at work and admire historical moments from the plant’s history.
“Everyone in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu knows somebody who used to work at the Singer factory. We want to keep this era alive and shine the spotlight on the valuable contributions all these men and women made to the region’s economic and social development,” said Dominic Gauthier, the residence’s general manager.
The region and community remain very important to Luc Maurice, who once studied at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.
Over $500 raised for a good cause
The event combined fun with support for a good cause. More than $500 were raised thanks to a “spin-the-wheel” game featuring many exciting prizes and proceeds from hot dog sales. It was a huge success! The funds raised will go to the Haut Richelieu Alzheimer’s Society to help finance the organization’s activities in the region.
The Singer factory: still in our hearts
The former Singer factory, a true symbol of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, shut its doors in 1986 but retains an important presence at Le Groupe Maurice residence La Cité des Tours, which was built on the same site. To pay tribute to its history, various elements from the original plant were integrated with the residential complex when it opened: for example, the two towers, the historical collection at the entrance to the residence and the sculpture that greets residents and visitors in the gardens, which was created from materials recovered after the original construction was demolished.
We would like to thank La Cité des Tours resident Johanne Grimard for the magnificent photos, as well as the partners without whom we wouldn’t have been able to make this wonderful event a reality: IGA GLADU, La Belle Province, Brasserie Lagabière, Mr. Grégoire (vintage car exhibition) and Éric Nado.
La Cité des Tours will host an open house event on October 6 between 1 and 4 p.m. Everyone’s invited to come see the residence’s common areas and visit its model units.