VIEW-3013 | Kitchen, Chateau de Ramezay, Montreal, QC, about 1890

 
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Kitchen, Chateau de Ramezay, 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.
VIEW-3013
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , domestic (461) , Photograph (77678)
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At the end of the 19th century, the West discovered a new interest in the past. The speed of change brought about by industrialization and urbanization seemed to create a need, or perhaps simply a desire, to hark back to bygone eras. In the big cities, history museums regularly drew many cultivated visitors.

Founded in 1862, the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montreal (Anglophone in the beginning, then more and more bilingual) created a history museum in the Château Ramezay in 1895, thus saving an historic building from certain demolition. The new museum exhibited the big collections gathered through donations from the members, including collections of books and metals. Visitors were not allowed to enter the vaults. They must have been preparing for their opening the year this photograph was taken. The sign "La cuisine" indicates that this part of the basement was the kitchen.

David Ross McCord provided the nucleus of a rich private collection that would later be donated to McGill University, which would lead to the opening of the McCord Museum, in 1921.

Source: Virtual Exhibition Urban Life through Two Lenses