Saturday, June 09, 2012

Quelques gratte-ciel à Montréal

Montréal, like most modern cities, has a respectable collection of shiny skyscrapers in its central business district. For two years after its completion in 1962, the Royal Bank Tower, now known as 1 Place Ville Marie, was the tallest building in Canada at 188 meters (47 floors).  But that distinction ended in 1964 with the construction of the Tour de la Bourse at 190 meters.

Montréal's iconic 1 Place Ville Marie, the tall building on the right.

The Tour de la Bourse was surpassed in 1969 by the Toronto-Dominion Center. Montréal has never regained the title of home to the nation's tallest building. The tallest building in Montréal today is at 1000 de la Gauchetière at 205 meters (51 floors), completed in 1992.

The tall one is 1000 de la Gauchetière. The dome is on the Cathédrale Marie-Reine du Monde. The large white block in the center is impressive and historic Sun Life Building.

I like tall buildings and I always have. Going up to the top and looking out the windows is my idea of fun. I didn't go into any of these buildings in Montréal, but I did the next best thing: I went up to the Mount Royal and looked over downtown from the observation terrace.

I don't know the names of these buildings, but I like the view of the Champlain Bridge in the background.

The city has a height limit for buildings that is equal to the height of Mount Royal. Until that changes, no building will surpass the mountain's height. Not that it will change any time soon, but nothing lasts forever, right?

Seen from the observation terrace on Mount Royal (left to right): 1000 de la Gauchetière, CIBC Tower, and 1250 René-Lévesque. If I'm not mistaken.


  1. I have also always loved tall buildings, even though I am not a city person and have a fear of heights !! There's nothing quite like the view over a city from the top of something very tall.

    When we visited New York I loved the view from the top of the Empire State Building - an experience to remember for ever.
    I also loved the view from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Marriot in Times Square - not only did the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings come round every 30 minutes, but so did the puddings !!

  2. Walt

    Next time if you have a chance , go inside those buildings:
    The old Royal Bank on St Jacques, the Sun life Building, the old Windsor hotel which next to the CIBC bank on Peel- for the architecture
    1000 la Gauchetière has a skating rink inside.

  3. Oh, I also love tall buildings and the views they provide. Great pics. My favorite is of 1000 de la Gauchetière contrasting the cathedral.

  4. Oooh, I like that observation terrace! Were those tulips I saw? They were still in bloom, eh?

  5. Wonderful pictures...the height restriction seems like a good idea. Remember when Philly had a limit? You could go no higher than William Penn's eyes on top of City Hall? Of course that restriction is long gone.

  6. The Champlain Bridge really caught my eye, too, probably as I was scrolling down to read the text. Cities are interesting to explore from above either from a building looking out or on a high hill or mountaintop. Those red flowers made a nice contrast to the greys and blues of the skyline. Thanks to the Beaver, when I sometime get to Montréal, I'll have to check out that skating rink!

    Mary in Oregon

  7. More great shots of Montréal. Good job.

  8. jean, I've never been in the Times Square Marriot in NYC, it's too new! I did get up to the top of the World Trade Center a couple times in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Great fun!

    t.b., so much to do, so little time!

    mitch, I wish we had the time to get to that Cathedral. I have a growing list for things to do next time...

    judy, yes, tulips. But the photo is now a month old, so it was tulip time in Montréal.

    diogenes, like I said, nothing lasts forever!

    mary, the views were great. The only problem was that we were there early in the morning and looking into the sun. I'd love to go up at sunset when the lights are coming on!

    starman, merci, mon ami.

  9. cool i love to be on the top of the best tower of montreal


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