VIEW-5532.2 | Sherbrooke Street, looking east from Mountain Street, Montreal, QC, about 1915

 
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Sherbrooke Street, looking east from Mountain Street, Montreal, QC, about 1915
Wm. Notman & Son
1915-1935, 20th century
Silver salts on paper (glossy finish) - Gelatin silver process
19 x 24 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-5532.2
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , streetscape (1737)
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Sherbrooke Street, shortly after the opening of the elegant Ritz Hotel in 1912. Built twenty-five years earlier not far from there, the Windsor was then on the edge of the area of urban development. The Ritz, on the other hand, was built in the heart of the poshest neighbourhood in the city: A new downtown was grafting itself right onto the existing urban structure, which had taken on a new dimension. The Ritz was 40 metres or 130 feet high - the maximum permitted by the city until the 1920s.

During the years leading up to the First World War, the scale of Montreal was changing. The city was taking in tens of thousands of people from the country and immigrants; the new factories, sometimes located right in the middle of working-class neighbourhoods, reached gigantic proportions, and the port and rail facilities became huge. This new reality gave rise to a new phenomenon: a concentration, just as great, of money in the hands of a few people.

Source: Virtual Exhibition Urban Life through Two Lenses