I-20722.2 | Crystal Palace, St. Catherine Street, Montreal, QC, 1866

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Crystal Palace, St. Catherine Street, Montreal, QC, 1866
William Notman (1826-1891)
1866, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Gift of Mr. George Dudkoff
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , building (531) , Photograph (77678)
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A Crystal Palace, not unlike the one built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, was constructed at the foot of Victoria Street between St. Catherine and Cathcart Streets. Designed by the Montreal architect John William Hopkins, the building had an iron framework, a barrel-vaulted nave and two galleries, each twenty feet wide, extending all the way around the interior. It housed an exhibition of agricultural and industrial products from British North America. The displays ranged from minerals, native woods, seeds and grains, preserved birds and fish, oils and foodstuffs to textiles and leather goods, furniture, clothing, machinery, iron work, tools and women's fancywork. As part of the exhibition the Art Association of Montreal, the future Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, organized a display of Canadian art. The Prince of Wales opened the event as his first official function on his visit to Montreal.