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Montreal City Hall

Montreal City Hall
Hôtel de Ville de Montréal
Montreal City Hall, as seen with a new copper roof
Montreal City Hall in 2012
General information
Address 275 Notre-Dame Street East
Town or city Montreal, Quebec
Country Canada
Construction started 1872
Renovated 1922, 1932
Design and construction
Architect Henri-Maurice Perrault,
Alexander Cowper Hutchison
Designated 1984

The five-story Montreal City Hall (French: Hôtel de Ville de Montréal) is the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and was built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is located in Old Montreal, between Place Jacques-Cartier and the Champ de Mars, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East. The closest Metro station is Champ-de-Mars, on the Orange Line.

As one of the best examples of the Second Empire style in Canada, and the first city hall to have been constructed in the country solely for municipal administration, it was designated a National Historic Site in Canada in 1984.[1][2]


  • History and architecture 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History and architecture

City Hall on the evening of March 3, 1922.

Construction on the building began in 1872 and was completed in 1878. The building was gutted by fire in March 1922, leaving only the outer wall and destroying many of the city's historic records.[3] The architect Louis Parant was commissioned for the reconstruction, who decided to build an entirely new building with a self-supporting steel structure built inside the shell of the ruins.[3] This new building was modelled after the city hall of the French city of Tours.[4] Other changes included a remodelling of the Mansard roof into a new Beaux-Arts inspired model, with a copper roof instead of the original slate tiles.[3]

In 1967, from this building's balcony Charles de Gaulle, the president of France, gave his Vive le Québec libre speech.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Montreal City Hall". Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada. Parks Canada. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Montreal City Hall. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Rémillard, 80.
  4. ^ City of Montreal Web site (in French)

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Rémillard, Francois. Montreal architecture: A Guide to Styles and Buildings. Montreal: Meridian Press, 1990.
  • Montreal City Hall—Hôtel de ville de Montréal
  • Photograph:Montreal City Hall, 1875 - McCord Museum
  • Photograph:Montreal City Hall, about 1878 - McCord Museum
  • Photograph:Montreal City Hall, 1896 - McCord Museum
  • Photograph:Montreal City Hall, 1913 - McCord Museum

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