Max Kalman - Jewish People's School (Yidishe Folks Shule)

1940 - present
5210 Waverly

Maxwell Myron Kalman (1906-2009) was an architect who designed many residential and commercial buildings on the island of Montreal. Born into a family of Romanian immigrants, he studied architecture at Columbia and McGill Universities, graduating from the latter in 1931.

Kalman was an architect of everyday life: his style was functional, not flamboyant. Buildings he designed include the Norgate Shopping Centre, Canada’s first strip mall (1949), the Workmen’s Circle Building on Boulevard Saint-Laurent (now the Sala Rossa), the Steinberg’s grocery store on Rue Bernard (now Les 5 Saisons), the Jewish People’s School on Rue Waverly and many others. During the 1960s, he shifted to real estate development and oversaw several large-scale residential projects. Over the course of his career, he carried out more than a thousand projects in and around Montreal.

Very involved in the community, Kalman was an active supporter of the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation. As well, he raised funds for the United Jewish Appeal and State of Israel Bonds, and offered his professional services to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He also made generous donations to several universities in Israel and to Montreal’s McGill University.

Compiled by Valerie Beauchemin, translated by Helge Dascher.




The Montreal Gazette. "Architect of Everyday Life Celebrates 100th Birthday." 2006.

“McGill Announcements 2009: Max Kalman.” McGill: Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture. 2009.

Shuchat, Wilfred, The Gate of Heaven: the Story of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim of Montreal 1846-1996. Montréal: Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, 2000.