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The five-story Montreal City Hall is the seat of local government in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The original city hall was the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is located in Old Montreal, between Place Jacques-Cartier and the Champ de Mars, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East. The closest Metro station is Champ-de-Mars, on the Orange Line.As one of the best examples of the Second Empire style in Canada, and the first city hall to have been constructed in the country solely for municipal administration, it was designated a National Historic Site in Canada in 1984.History and architectureConstruction on the building began in 1872 and was completed in 1878. The original building was gutted by fire in March 1922, leaving only the outer wall and destroying many of the city's historic records. The architect Louis Parant was commissioned for the reconstruction, who decided to build an entirely new building with a self-supporting steel structure built inside the shell of the ruins. This new building was modelled after the city hall of the French city of Tours. Other changes included a remodelling of the Mansard roof into a new Beaux-Arts inspired model, with a copper roof instead of the original slate tiles.
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  • The City Hall building sits in the heart of old Montréal. The architecture is grand and you really don’t appreciate it until you walk it’s perimeter. We saw City Hall decked out in festive lights and ...  more »
  • City Hall aka Hotel de Ville de Montreal is a free place to enter and pretty neat. It only takes 5 minutes to walk in and see everything. I wouldn't spend too much time here though. I would go across ...  more »
  • A fire ripped through the first city hall and this one was built on it's sight in 1927. Is a large part of Quebecoise history took place here.  more »
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  • Ville de Montreal. A part of fun walk of Old Montreal. It's just next to the Jean Vauquelin's statute (French) and across from Nelson's statue (English, very subtle!) A grand building and a very popular POI among tourists, including myself for a nice picture to take home!
  • Note to self: between November and June you can get free tours for groups of 8 or more of you call ahead.
  • Certainly an impressive public building best viewed at night with the lights.
  • Where: Montreal City Hall, Montreal How was it: It's a nice area. This is pretty much where Notre-Dame starts getting interesting. When you set out west of the city, you will find many shops along the way. The decoration at night is quite nice. They light up the building a different color every night. Also, Place Jacques Cartier is just around the corner and always full of attractions. Just be careful for the obvious tourist traps. Grade: Eli = 3, Serge = 4 Recommend : yeah.
  • Large imposing structure. Beautiful and full of history

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