De Castelnau is a station on the Blue Line of Montreal's Metro. It received its name from nearby rue De Castelnau, which itself is named for French general Noël Édouard, vicomte de Curières de Castelneau.
The station has two entrances, one is a standalone building, while the other is integrated into an apartment building. The station is covered in travertine limestone, which helps give it a light and warm colour inside.
From the west entrance all the way to the platforms themselves, beautiful artworks are embedded into the walls, which celebrate Montréal's Italian Community and nearby Marché Jean-Talon.
The design of the station is quite stunning, especially when entering via the west entrance. The path to reach the mezzanine is at times suspended above the open space below, and even includes some suspended stairs. The path is a circular one from surface to platform, which helps ensure that all the minute details of this impeccable station are fully observed.
Once at the platforms, the artwork continues in several places, notably above the seating areas.
The circular layout of the station from surface to platforms is quite unique, as are the suspended pathways and stairs from the west entrance.
The artwork is embedded into the walls and is entitled "Bas reliefs". They were created by artist Jean-Charles Charuest, and celebrate Montréal's Italian community, by depicting typical scenes at nearby Marché Jean-Talon.
STATION FACTS AND MAP
- Opening Date: June 16, 1986
- Line: 5
- Previous Station: Parc
- Following Station: Jean-Talon
- Entrances: 2