T’cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

The Plateau is bounded by the mountain to the west, the Canadian Pacific railway tracks to the north and east, and Rue Sherbrooke to the south. It is traversed by a few major streets lined with cafés and theatres, similar to Rue Saint-Denis and Avenue Papineau, but is a tranquil space on the whole. A stroll through this area is a must for guests who need to grasp the spirit of Montréal. The Conseil des Arts de Montréal (3450 Rue St-Urbain), the city’s arts council, occupies the previous École d’Architecture de Montréal, erected in 1922. Ernest Cormier’s former studio , a small red-brick building with stained glass, stands on the grounds of the varsity.

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The Banque Molson / Molson Bank (288 Rue Saint-Jacques; Square-Victoria metro) was based in 1854 by the Molson family, famous for the brewery established by their ancestor, John Molson , in 1786. The Molson Bank, like other banks at the time, even printed its own paper money—an indication of the power wielded by its homeowners, who contributed greatly to the city’s growth. Completed in 1866, the bank’s head office was one of the earliest examples of the Second Empire, or Napoleon III, fashion to have been erected in Canada. This French style, modelled on the Louvre and the Paris Opera, was extremely in style in North America between 1865 and 1890.

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