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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Montreal: 1916

Montreal: 1916

Circa 1916. "St. Catherine Street, Montreal, Quebec." Je me souviens. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Connaught

The movie theater at 694 Ste. Catherine Street West, originally the Colonial (1912), named the Connaught for only 5 years (1915-20), then the Regal (1920-32), Roxy, Cinema de Paris, Newsreel, Victory, and finally back to Cinema de Paris which closed in 1960. Now (sadly, what else?) Club Supersexe.

Christ Church

In 1987, the whole church was supported on stilts to allow for excavation and construction of two levels of subterranean shopping mall which linked into the city's extensive underground city. The sight of the floating cathedral was incredible, and the engineering details can be found here.

Ste-Catherine corner Union street

On the right is Christ Church Cathedral and Birks store is on the left corner. Birks family open that store in 1894. I remember seeing the Church on stilts in the late 80's. They were building the tower behind and a shoping mall under it.

Lovely shot

Lovely shot of a place I know very well. This is Union Avenue at Ste.-Catherine, so very near my old neighborhood.

On the right of the shot is Christ Church Cathedral (the Anglican cathedral, which is now over an underground shopping centre, Place de la Cathedrale).

On the left is the city's best-known jeweller, then and now, Henry Birks and Co. (which is now a national chain).

Immediately on the photographer's right, but not visible in the shot, is one of Montreal's most notable landmarks, the Hudson Bay Company.

 
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