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City Hall, Montreal

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • So the 1st city hall was built in 1878 or close to ... But burnt to the ground so a second one - this one - was built in 1922 to replace it .. Thus one us absolutely gorgeous . Stunning ... Makes me w...  read more »
  • Though we didn't tour it, we walked by it every day and marveled at the grounds and the lighting at night. 
  • Each new King likes to put his touch, which don't fite not always. I'm torn between tears and laughter at the situation. Not really worth the detour. But here's a tip for tourists travelling in the corner: If Montreal has already been a welcoming city for people loving animals, this is no longer the case. End September 2016, we will have new legislation that will change all that. People already are given tickets when their dog has a medal of a different city (theirs!) and no one in Montreal. If your dog barks and someone feels the least bit threatened, this person can do declare your dangerous dog and presto! euthanasia! No matter the size or breed. But if your dog has a somewhat square head and stocky, so that anyone can cry Wolf and do declare pitbull (Yes, even your labrador cross looks terrible in Montreal!), you will be in trouble... and your dog will probably seized and killed. So if you love animals, keep you far from Montreal (and the Quebec and Ontario)... Visit a place that respects the right of live animals and that massacre not innocent dogs.
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  • The new city hall building was built starting in 1872, so it is a 19th century building. (Prior to this location, the original City Hall for Montreal was located just a few blocks away on Montreal's oldest street, St. Paul Street, in the building which is now known as Marche Bonsecours 1852-1878). Reminiscent of the style of Parisian buildings, second empire (later adapted beaux-arts style) the mansard roof reminds one of the same types of buildings one might see in Paris. Beautifully lit up according to the seasons or special occasions, it is a stunning site. The interior is worth a visit, completely gutted following a fire in the 1900's and redesigned. **Don't get so distracted by the facade that you forget to walk around the back of the building to find one of the most beautiful views of the downtown Montreal area from the island. Enjoy a picnic in the summer or a fresh walk in the winter. Watch the sun go down, and enjoy the fountain. A perfect Montreal location filled with history.
  • Beautiful building hosting the notorious Montreal's school of corruption and museum of incompetence.
  • Magnificent building and grounds. A must-see in Montreal!
  • Nice building on the footsteps of old Montreal
  • Magnificent building!
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