The market's Art Deco building was designed by architect Ludger Lemieux, working with his son, Paul Lemieux. It is located on Atwater Street, near the Lachine Canal and the Lionel-Groulx Metro station, as well as Greene Avenue. A pedestrian bridge, which can also be used by bicycles, connects the market to Saint-Patrick Street and to a bicycle path in Pointe-Saint-Charles on the other side of the Lachine Canal. The presence of this bridge explains the popularity of this market with bike riders, who often stop there, and greatly contributes to the great summer ambiance of the area. The bike path travels from the Old Port of Montreal to the Lachine Marina and is owned and maintained by Parks Canada.
The area immediately east and west of the market has enjoyed a rebirth and gentrification, with a great deal of upscale condominiums being built right on the Lachine Canal and replacing low and modest cost housing. Since the Lachine Canal reopened in 2002, residential property values in the Southwest borough have shot up by 61 per cent, according to Montreal’s 2006 property valuation roll, with the highest growth happening around the Atwater Market.
Origin of the name
This market is named for Atwater Street, named for Edwin Atwater (1808–1874), a municipal alderman of the district of Saint-Antoine. The street was named for him in 1871.
- Marchés publics de Montréal, the agency that runs the Marché Atwater (in French)