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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

HĂ´tel de Ville: 1900

HĂ´tel de Ville: 1900

Circa 1900. "City Hall, Montreal, Quebec." Whose Second Empire facade received a Beaux-Arts makeover after a fire in 1922. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

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