The Living Past of Montreal
In 1960 Old Montreal was an abandoned and rapidly deteriorating section of the city. With the growth of the restoration movement the external appearance of many Old Montreal buildings was radically altered. McLean was the first person to restore a house in Old Montreal as a private residence and he describes how extra stories were removed, pitched roofs reappeared, facades were cleaned and re-adjusted, and greater discretion exercised in the use of signs. Wilson has watched this evolution with passionate interest and, through his evocative drawings, presents an intimate portrait of the architecture of the area. The Living Past of Montreal was first published in 1964 and revised in 1976. This third edition contains many of the original illustrations in addition to twenty new drawings which reflect the changes that have taken place up to the present day.
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architect architecture Banque Canadienne Nationale Bonsecours Market building Bonsecours Street built Canada Cartier Charron Brothers Chateau Ramezay Chaussegros de Lery church City Hall Commune Street corner of St-Gabriel Corner of St-Laurent Customs House demolished designed dome early eighteenth century Eric McLean facade fortifications French regime Grey Nuns Hotel de France Jacques Viger Commission John Ostell later Little St James Looking east Looking west Maisonneuve Marguerite Bourgeoys Marie-Marguerite d'Youville McTavish neighbours nineteenth century North West Company Notre-Dame Basilica Notre-Dame Street old Court House Old Market Place Old Montreal old quarter old town parking PAST OF MONTREAL pitched roof Place d'Armes Place d'Youville Place Jacques-Cartier Place Royale Pointe-a-Callieres port protected Quebec City Rasco's Hotel restaurant restored seminary seventeenth century side of Place skyscraper square St Lawrence River St-Antoine St-Gabriel Street St-Jacques St-Jean-Baptiste Street St-Laurent and Notre-Dame St-Paul Street St-Pierre River stone structure Sulpicians tower wall warehouse Wilson's drawing