VIEW-2683 | Catalogue room, Peter Redpath Library, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1893 (?)

 
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Catalogue room, Peter Redpath Library, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1893 (?)
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1893, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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McGill University expanded rapidly in the 1890s. Among the buildings constructed for the growing community was the Redpath Library, which was completed in 1893. Peter Redpath (1821-1894), president of the Redpath sugar refinery in Montreal, was a generous benefactor to the university, and he supplied the funds for the building.

This photograph was taken the year of the inauguration of the Redpath Library in 1893. The library had a separate wing for book stacks (the stacks are still in use today).

The architect Sir Andrew Taylor (1850-1937), much in demand in the late 19th century, designed the Redpath Library and six other buildings for McGill University. The Llibrary combines the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture.