Hotel Gault, Canada's definitive boutique hotel, is located in a five storey historic edifice in Old Montreal's booming west-end. In 1871, A.F. Gault commissioned J.J. Browne to build a majestic headquarter for his flourishing import/export textile business. Influenced by the Haussmann architecture of contemporary Paris, Browne proposed, for the façade, a Second Empire-style, featuring vertical pilasters and floral details carved into Champlain blue-gray limestone. The elegant corner door invites guests into the large open lobby, where we find the magnificent 19th century cast-iron pillars, the sole remaining interior element from the original design. The willowy elegance of these pillars, which are also located in certain suites, served as the main inspiration for this modern boutique hotel project. In the lobby, these columns are harmoniously paired against modern architectural mat erials, such as concrete and hot rolled steel. The lobby features an array of colourful chairs and a single bar/reception area that serves as the lobby's centerpiece. The inspiration for the interior design of Hotel Gault stems from the building's original cast iron columns and its vast windows that flood every room with an abundance of natural light. Within each of these 30 bright loft-style spaces, architects have selected the warmness of white oak panels and designed custom built-in furniture to create modulated walls. The wood grain texture plays off soft voilages over the French windows, to give each room a charming ambiance within this minimalism style interior.