MP-1982.92 | Gates to McGill University, McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC, 1869

 
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Gates to McGill University, McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC, 1869
Alexander Henderson
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
10 x 8 cm
MP-1982.92
© McCord Museum
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The McGill University campus was built on land left to the Quebec government by wealthy merchant James McGill (1744-1813). In his will, he stipulated that the land was to be used for an institution of higher learning to be named after him. The first courses were given in 1829 in Burnside Hall, the late James McGill's residence, which was then renamed McGill College. In 1837, the University's governors decided to erect a building on the campus, hiring British-born architect John Ostell (1813-1892) to design it. The building was completed in 1843.