VIEW-2396 | View from Mount Royal, Montreal, QC, about 1890
View from Mount Royal, Montreal, QC, about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , view (1387)
In the 1890s, British visitors who spent the winter in Montreal all went to admire the panoramic view from Mount Royal. Below them, they could view the fashionable upper-class neighbourhood, mostly Anglo-Protestant, where they were usually received. In the distance, they could see the huge industrial and working-class neighbourhoods of the southwest (around Victoria Bridge), which they were not likely to visit. A remarkable and disturbing investigation by Herbert Ames would, however, be published in 1897, The City Below the Hill, which uncovered the reality of housing conditions in those neighbourhoods.
Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)