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Downtown Montreal - historic walk

directions_walkDowntown Montreal - historic walk
This walk will take you through the downtown core of a modern metropolitan city, but, will spotlight historic buildings throughout the route. We started this walk in front of the Van Horne/Shaugnessy House (built in 1874 to 1875)at 1923 Rene-Levesque Blvd West, between Fort Street and St. Marc Street. It is now the Canadian Centre for Architecture. If you walk east on Rene-Levesque you will come to the Grey Nuns Residence (built in 1871) at 1190 Guy Street and Rene-Levesque Blvd West. This is now owned and occupied by Concordia University. Turn south on Guy Street and if you wish, stop in on a little side street running for 100 feet or so called Wrexham Street. We don't know the history of this little street, but, it has a row of homes that could be from late 1800's/early 1900's.
Go down to Saint-Antoine Street West and walk east towards the Bell Centre, turn north on Rue de la Montagne and you will see the Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle water tower built in 1930 behind the gas station at the corner of Ave. des Canadiens-de-Montreal and Montagne. Walk east on Ave. des Canadiens-de-Montreal and you will walk right beside the Bell Centre and then Windsor Station (built in 1889) for the CPR Railway. Directly opposite Windsor Station is St. George's Anglican Church (built in 1870)on corner of Ave des Canadiens-de-Montreal and Stanley Street. Walk a few steps east to Peel Street and then cross over to Place du Canada Square (created in 1876).
As you cross over, you will walk right into Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (built between 1875 and 1890). It is on the corner of rue de la Cathedrale and Rene-Levesque Blvd West. Right opposite the Cathedral you will see the massive Sun Life Building (built between 1913 and 1931). Continue walking east on Rene-Levesque Blvd West for about four or five blocks and at the corner of St.Alexander Street is St.Patrick's Basilica (built between 1843 to 1847). There are some small side streets off St. Alexander (dates to late 18th C.) that you can weave in and out of - Dowd Street (dates to 1877) and Carmichael Street (dates to 1911)and walk east to Bleury Street and on your right you will see the Southam Building (built 1916) and then walk over to Anderson Street (dates to 1844), where you will see some old row homes from late 18th early 19th C. Walking south on Anderson Street, you will arrive at Rue de la Gauchetiere, walk east on Rue de la Gauchetiere and you will head straight into Chinatown. You will enter the Western Gate of Chinatown passing the Chinese Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit (dates back to 1834). A few feet ahead and you will see Cote Street (dates to 1842) with two buildings - an original school from 1826 and an original church from 1847. Continue on your walk into Chinatown and enjoy your day !
This walk was done on Sunday April 7, 2019




Shaugnessy House


Grey Nuns


Wrexham


Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle Water Tower


Windsor Station


Windsor Station


Windsor Station


St. George's Anglican Church


St. George's Anglican Church


St. George's Anglican Church


Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde


Sun Life


Saint Patrick's Basilica


Saint Patrick's Basilica


Saint Patrick's Basilica


Saint Patrick's Basilica


Anderson Avenue


Southam Building


Southam Building


Cote Street


Chinatown - Western Gate


Chinese Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit


Chinatown


Chinatown


Avenue Hotel-de-Ville


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