VIEW-2396 | View from Mount Royal, Montreal, QC, about 1890

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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
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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)