Friday, March 21, 2008

Montreal 1860

The following article and photo is taken from the book: Pignon sur Rue, Les Cartiers de Montr챕al, by Mich챔le Benoit and Roger Gratton:
In 1860, approximately 15,000 people live in the neighbourhood. The english elite control the destiny of the country. For a long period of time, they occupied the municipal council, the most influential positions. Each their turn, the anglican, catholic and protestant communities built their churches uptown. Houses are built, dirt roads are paved then lit by gas. Confederation and the civil war down south are the subject of discussion. The horse drawn tramways appear, up Bleury to St Catherine street. The Gésu and collège Sainte-Marie are frequented by french-canadians and irish students. The Saint-James church with its majestic square will disapear in 1926 behind a commercial front. Magnificant helms will be planted on Phillips square. The Crystal Palace famous for the 1860 exposition wich will mark the inauguration of the Victoria Bridge. For that ocasion the city will welcome the price of Whales, future King Edward the V11. 
A St Patrick Church
B Collège Ste Marie and Église Gésu
C Crystal Palace
D Christ Church
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