Category Archives: Historical

Montreal From the Mountain, Notman Archives

Here are some pictures from the Notman & Sons collection of what one would see looking at Montreal from mount royal.

VIEW OF THE CITY OF MONTREAL, FROM THE MOUNTAIN 1850-1885
Engraving | VIEW OF THE CITY OF MONTREAL, FROM THE MOUNTAIN. | M7486

Montreal from Mount Royal, QC, 1865
Photograph | Montreal from Mount Royal, QC, 1865 | N-0000.268.19

View from mount royal 1890
Photograph | View from Mount Royal, Montreal, QC, about 1890 | VIEW-2396

Montreal from Mount Royal, QC, 1911
Photograph | Montreal from Mount Royal, QC, 1911 (?) | VIEW-4886

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Then And Now, Notman Archives

Here are two pictures of Montreal taken in the 1800’s with a modern picture taken at the exact location. Since 2000 some stuff has changed, it would be nice to go out and get the same pictures today.

Harbour from Notre-Dame Church, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1863
Photograph | Harbour from Notre-Dame Church, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1863 | I-8413


View from Notre-Dame Basilica, looking east, Montreal, QC, 2000.

Photograph | View from Notre-Dame Basilica, looking east, Montreal, QC, 2000. After Notman (I-8413) | M2001.60.31


View of the harbour, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1884

Photograph | View of the harbour, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1884 | VIEW-1332

View of the harbour, looking east from the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montreal, QC, 2000
Photograph | View of the harbour, looking east from the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montreal, QC, 2000. After Notman (VIEW-1332) | M2001.60.4

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Jenkins Valve St-Henri

Photos taken from Societe historique de saint-henri’s Page Vivre en ville . LINK

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Seneville Water Tower

Ground floor

Second story.  Mind the gap!

top floor

More information here

http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-265515-Senneville-tower-faces-possible-destruction.html

http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-i279411-Water-tower-could-be-demolished-within-six-months.html

http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-i276558-Protest-to-save-tower-crumbles.html

Rex Theatre

Last May, Tijeff, Mickael, Maze and I Had the chance of getting in contact with the Rex theater caretaker to set up a tour of the place. His father used to work there when it was still active and he told us some stories and interesting tidbits.

Back then, this one screen theatre could seat 414 patrons. The building, which opened in 1923 was originally home to a butcher’s shop. This is why the theater has its unusual design; the entrance and lobby is at a certain angle, and the Theatre slants the other way . It is the only theatre in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
Since the Rex closed, the roof has started to leak and the floor is badly warped and beams are rotten due to a recent flood, preservation steps have to be taken before we lose this building. The seats have all gone missing as well as the original lobby and ticket counters.

In its heydays, this theater showed silent plays, Vaudeville shows and movies until the late 90’s. Due to the size of the stage and also the size of the backstage area, plays might not have been shown. In August 2007, Second Body productions actually presented an adaption of a Shakespeare play in the theater, the audience sat on the balcony space while the play was acted at the original seating area.

the original tinned ceiling the theatre was redecorated for art deco.

Inside the projection booth, One of the original seats remain.

Original fabric covering.

More images:

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/ca/1482.html

Info.

http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-91795-Ste-Anne-hopeful-for-a-Rex-revival.html

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/19971/

Dow / O’keefe Brewery

This brewery was established in 1860, many additions were made throughout the years, in 1923 Louis-Auguste Amos, an architect, designed the bigger brick buildings. There was different complexes, the bottling plant, the brewery and the garage. The company was in a peak, but in 1966, sixteen people died because of an ingredient in the beer. The brewery then recalled all the beer that was made in a certain time frame and disposed of it. Following the deaths, the beer’s popularity declined. The company began a freefall to oblivion, Dow was then bought by O’keefe. Around 1995 O’keefe focused on its previous location and stopped producing beer at the current plant. It then fell into abandon.

More info:

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http://70.83.245.71:90/explorationurbaine/abandonne/Dow/index%20Dow.htm

http://controleman.wordpress.com/2007/12/24/brasserie-dow/

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http://uem.minimanga.com/abandoned/okeefe/

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Don Valley Brickworks (Toronto, ON)

Built in 1890, the Don Valley Brickworks Factory is located in the Don River Valley in Toronto. The quarry provides high quality clay to fabricate bricks. Many landmarks in Toronto were built with bricks form this company, like Casa Loma.
In the 1900’s this factory could produce a maximum of 100 000 bricks per day. During the second world war, german prisoners were used as workers, production was also reduced. In the 80’s most of the clay and shale in the quarry was used up and the company decide to cease production, they sold the land to the city and it remains in abandon since then.

source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Valley_Brick_Works