An approximately $2-million renovation of Hillel House on Stanley Street has been completed, its first major facelift since the Jewish student organization moved in almost 60 years ago.
The graceful three-storey Victorian home, which is about 120 years old, has had decades of wear and grime peeled away to reveal its pristine plaster ceiling mouldings and ornate woodwork at their best. The majestic banisters, fireplaces and stained-glass windows have also been restored.
But, more importantly for the 400 or 500 young people, primarily McGill and Concordia University students, who pass through its heavy wooden doors each week, Hillel House is now a comfortable, well-equipped place to hold their activities, or to just hang out. Hillel recently showed off its new digs with an open house featuring free hot dogs and beer.
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