MP-0000.1894.2 | Windsor Street, Montreal, QC, about 1910

 
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Windsor Street, Montreal, QC, about 1910
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1910, 20th century
Ink on paper mounted on board - Collotype
9 x 13 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.1894.2
© McCord Museum
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This photograph shows Windsor Street, which runs north-south in Montreal. The building on the right in the foreground is the Victoria Hotel, as the sign on the front reveals. According to the street directory Montreal Lovell's Directory, 1910-1911, the hotel was located at 585 St. James Street. This photograph was thus taken at the intersection of the streets known today as Saint-Jacques and Peel.

In the background to the left, you can see the side of a large stone building. This is Windsor Station, the head office of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The building was designed by the architect Bruce Price in 1887, a short while after the CPR completed the transcontinental railway. At the end of the street you can see the Windsor Hotel, on the southwest edge of Dominion Square. This hotel, opened in 1878, was the work of the American architect William Boyington.

Finally, the tangle of electric wires over the street and the streetlights bordering it reveal that Montreal has entered the electrical age. In fact, electricity came to the city in the early 1880s and, by 1889, its streets boasted 1,000 electrical streetlights.