VIEW-3172 | Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC, about 1895

 
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Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC, about 1895
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1895, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-3172
© McCord Museum
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Place d'Armes about 1895. The New York Life Building (1887-1889), though modest in comparison with the first skyscrapers in Chicago and New York, was a sensation here, with its eight stories served by an elevator and the clock tower on top. It competed with the spires of Notre Dame and represented a new generation of office buildings that would forever change the character of the Montreal business district.

These buildings housed banks, trust companies and insurance companies, including financial holding groups, as well as the big new industrial conglomerates that were being formed, transportation, telegraph, telephone, etc. companies., and a wide variety of professional offices: lawyers, notaries, accountants, etc. Given the vital role of this district of Montreal and the influence of Montreal in Canada during this period, this concentration of skyscrapers and this amalgamation of mainly financial companies reflect in a way the scope and rapidity of the changes the city and the country went through in the 1920s.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)