II-10908 | Ottawa Hotel, Montreal, QC, 1874

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Ottawa Hotel, Montreal, QC, 1874
William Notman (1826-1891)
1874, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , commercial (1771) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

Canada's largest cities, including Montreal, are home to many fine hotels.

As the tourist guidebooks proclaim, these hotels offer clients all the comforts, made possible by the many recent inventions.

The rooms are often equipped with hot and cold running water and, from the 1890's, may even be lighted by electricity. And of course they are clean; the linens are changed every day, or almost!

Telephones, telegraph, newspapers, gourmet restaurants are just some of the services offered to visitors to make their stay pleasant and to entice them to return on their next visit to the city.

With its electricity, tramways and telephones, Montreal has become a modern city and a favourite tourist destination.

Source : Brand New and Wonderful: The Rise of Technology [Web tour], by Jacques G. Ruelland, Université de Montréal (see Links)

  • What

    Although less luxurious then the Windsor Hotel, the Ottawa Hotel is also famous for making its guests to Montreal comfortable.

  • Where

    The Ottawa Hotel is located in Old Montreal on Ottawa Street, west of Common Street.

  • When

    In 1876, the Ottawa Hotel uses an old trick to attract clients: one of its employees boards a ship sailing to Montreal and urges the passengers to stay at the hotel upon their arrival in the city.

  • Who

    Like most of Montreal's hotels, the Ottawa Hotel offers rooms at affordable prices. By keeping its prices down, the hotel attracts tourists from across North America.