II-112762 | Drawing room, Mrs. Alex McDougall's house, Montreal, QC, 1895

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Drawing room, Mrs. Alex McDougall's house, Montreal, QC, 1895
Wm. Notman & Son
1895, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255)
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Keys to History

The financial situation of company heads and their senior managers was very enviable, contrasting sharply with that of the working-class population. They lived in large, spacious, well-lit houses that were surrounded by big gardens. They had numerous domestic servants as well as the means to hold tea parties, banquets and receptions.

Social differences became increasingly glaring in Montreal in the second half of the 19th century.

  • What

    This living room was typical of the interior of upper-middle-class Montreal homes near the end of the 1800s. The decor was somewhat cluttered, as can be seen from the large number of curios, paintings and other objects.

  • Where

    This home stood at 124 Mackay Street, at the corner of Ste. Catherine, in the St. Antoine ward. This was the fashionable area of Montreal, which later came to be known as the Golden Square Mile.

  • When

    Beginning in the 1840s, many businessmen, especially English-speaking ones, moved their homes from Old Montreal to the St. Antoine ward. In the second half of the 19th century, this neighbourhood became the wealthiest and most elegant in Montreal.

  • Who

    Alex McDougall was the chief executive officer of the Montreal Steam Elevating Co.