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Montreal City Hall

Montreal City Hall (Known places)

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The five-storey 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 (147 years ago) and 1878 (141 years ago) 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.

History and architecture

Construction on the building began in 1872 (147 years ago) and was completed in 1878 (141 years ago). The building was gutted by fire in Mar. 1922 (97 years ago), leaving only the outer wall and destroying much of the city's historic records. 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. This new building was modelled after the city hall of the French city of Tours. 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.

In 1967 (52 years ago), from this building's balcony Charles de Gaulle, then president of France, gave his Vive le Québec libre speech. The building has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.


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