MP-0000.1828.2.84 | McGill College Avenue, looking south from Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, 1869

 
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McGill College Avenue, looking south from Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, 1869
Alexander Henderson
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
16 x 21 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.1828.2.84
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , streetscape (1737)
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This avenue, named for the main McGill University building, was laid out in 1856, stretching northward from Cathcart Street to the University gates. Today it is a broad avenue lined with skyscrapers, but in its earlier days it was a residential street very popular with the city's bourgeoisie. An extensive neighbourhood, including Sherbrooke Street, was lined with their terraced and balconied homes, styled after London townhouses. In the 1980s, thanks to the initiatives of heritage conservation advocates, the avenue was widened and upgraded, offering a lovely view of the main McGill University gates and Mount Royal.