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City Hall, Montreal

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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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  • August 7, 2017
    In the most "French" of Montreal is the Town Hall, clear example of French architecture and building famous because from his balcony of the wide central façade General DeGaulle urged locals to secede to create a separate Quebec from Canada. This building sits neatly in Old Montreal as most impressive image; Empire style architecture is close to the Louvre and makes the town hall a clear point of reference in this area. The imposing exterior leads to visit the Interior, still quite standard. To see, not only for the historical memory.
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  • July 18, 2017
    Very beautiful and impressive. It is worth to spare some time and to go inside. Impressive architecture.  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    A grand building in Old Montreal, near Place Cartier. Chateau Ramezay. The seasonal plantings are beautiful, as is the area in general.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    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!
  • November 18, 2016
    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.
  • March 15, 2017
    Mw j'adore, mais po tro
  • September 26, 2016
    This city is going to pass a bill that will discriminate against dogs. They will kill all dogs that look a certain way. This is called Breed Discrimination Legislation (BSL). This has been proven not to work but they are going to do it anyways. Go somewhere else to visit, this city is barbaric.
  • October 23, 2016
    Ooooh! This city is so barbaric! They want to get rid of pitbulls!! Blah, blah, blah... Of course, a Google review of City Hall is the best place for morons like this Laura Mercer idiot to lament for the poor dogs, as if we're going to have squats of city workers that will crash through all the doors to take away the dogs and have them euthanized. Stupid Morons! Write TO City Hall itself! By the way, are you aware that there are still PEOPLE that live on the street? What do you do about that you bleeding heart hypocrites? But back to the subject. I like City Hall for it's architecture and what it represents for the history of this city. I don't give a damn who is in it right now. Come and visit the city for yourself! It's not true that you will see streets full of crucified dogs.

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