St. Charles Market: A gathering place in Beechwood Village both then and now

Published on: June 1, 2017 | Last Updated: June 1, 2017 12:38 PM EDTPhoto Credit- ModBox Inc. Artist’s concept: Marché St. Charles Market features beautiful horizontal homes that wrap around the former St. Charles Church.

Beechwood Village has a distinct character and charm unlike any other community in Ottawa. It’s lushly treed, just steps to the Rideau River and is surrounded by shops, restaurants and public and private schools. And who could forget St. Charles Church?  Before holding its last service in 2010, it had been a focal point and gathering place for the surrounding community for just over a century.

ModBox Inc. and Linebox Studio have a plan to bring the community back to this symbolic piece of Quebec Neoclassical architecture. They’re introducing Marché St. Charles Market, a small collection of horizontal homes that will wrap around the original church structure. The repurposed church will be transformed into a vibrant restaurant and local marketplace, where its grounds will once again serve its neighbours with seasonal attractions programmed by the community.

“The long history of the church and the collective memory of the community presents an opportunity and an obligation to think long term and to design an ever-evolving community hub,” said Andrew Reeves, Principal and Lead Architect of Linebox Studio.

Each of the 54 suites is designed to provide a unique full home experience for its residents. The layouts feature large living areas, master bedrooms with room for king-sized beds, kitchens with an abundance of counter space, plenty of storage and amazing views. With engineered hardwood floors, porcelain and slate tiles and 9-foot exposed concrete ceilings, the units are a glamorous combination of industrial chic and contemporary style.

Homeowners will have access to amenities such as a dining lounge with a full caterer’s kitchen, a large terrace with a grill, a wellness and recreation area, a fitness centre and a family room with a movie theatre. They’ll also be able to personalize their space with custom furniture designed for Marché St. Charles Market, a joint effort between Linebox Studio and local craftsmen. Made from reclaimed church pews, the furniture is designed to connect people back to the church, its history and demonstrate the synergies between the old and the new.

“The St. Charles Church is a beautiful yet modest community church with honest materials and well-crafted elements. The story isn’t about an architectural “tour de force” but about the strong community it represents,” says Jelle De Roek, an Architect at Linebox Studio.


Marché St. Charles Market

What: Horizontal homes

Builders: ModBox Inc. and Linebox Studio

Prices: Horizontal homes start around $249,900 for a one-bedroom suite (561 sq.ft.) and exceed $1,149,900 for a two-bedroom plus den (1,908 square feet).

Presentation Centre: 135 Barrette Street

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Weekends, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Closed Mondays.

Information: (613) 301-7782,,