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Old Posted Feb 15, 2019, 11:03 AM
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A few screengrabs from Facebook of the Masonic Temple restoration work.









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Old Posted Feb 18, 2019, 4:42 AM
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A sample of Montreal's victorian greystones (all pics taken by me, Sunday 17th, on St-Denis streets and around St-Louis Square)









































































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Montreal's classic housing stock is dreamy.
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2019, 8:38 PM
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Montreal's classic housing stock is dreamy.
I was going to say, these buildings are pretty ordinary actually (by Montreal standards). They're dime a dozen.
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And that's the reason that Montreal is the best-looking city in Canada. Well, either Montreal or Quebec City.
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I was going to say, these buildings are pretty ordinary actually (by Montreal standards). They're dime a dozen.
What's your point ?
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What's your point ?
... that Montreal has good bones. (Basically agreeing with rousseau.)

The fact that these pictures are pretty typical scenes - as opposed to being a totally-cherry-picked "best of" selection - is actually good, not bad.
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Yeah, they're gorgeous. And just the perfect balance between plain and ornate.
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2019, 10:49 PM
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... that Montreal has good bones. (Basically agreeing with rousseau.)

The fact that these pictures are pretty typical scenes - as opposed to being a totally-cherry-picked "best of" selection - is actually good, not bad.
I actually cherry picked a little though. The greystones around St-Louis square and rue Laval are arguably some of the nicest in the city; this is where the francophone bourgeoisie of the mid and late 19th century of Montreal resided. You'll notice that many of these are single houses, not triplexes. So more than a few of them are actually a notch above your average Montreal greystones. Of course, this is just a sa,mple and you are right that there are tons more...

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Yeah, they're gorgeous. And just the perfect balance between plain and ornate.
As far as my own personal aesthetic tastes go, I find the severe pointy Victorians kind of unattractive. But the 3-4 storey ones with bay windows along St-Louis Square are maybe my favourite urban housing in the whole country.

(They cost about as much as a 1,200 square foot condo in a nicer part of Burnaby.)

Lots of Canadian cities have nice Victorian houses but most of them are detached and many of them have aged poorly as the spaces between them have gotten paved over or the lots have been subdivided and filled with subpar buildings.
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Montreal is to residential bones as Toronto is to skyscrapers. A total class apart.
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Montreal's classic housing stock is dreamy.
Agree totally. Was in Mtl last summer and felt I was in stone-building heaven. I wish more cities had been as willing and able to keep their historic treasures from being torn down over the decades.

There are not many cities in Canada that have anything close to what Montreal and Quebec have in this regard, though I will give a shout out to Saint John, New Brunswick for how they've managed to hang on to some great old building stock (on a much smaller scale, of course). Last time I was there (in the spring) I was impressed as to how much of it has been revitalized. Lots more to go, but I truly think that city is underrated in terms of historic buildings.
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Agree totally. Was in Mtl last summer and felt I was in stone-building heaven. I wish more cities had been as willing and able to keep their historic treasures from being torn down over the decades.

Montreal's heritage preservation hasn't really been any better or worse than other Canadian cities. The issue is that other places just never had a housing stock of that quality to begin with.
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Saw this on Facebook. It probably doesn't really count for this thread as it is posting a picture of my city (Fredericton) along with Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown, Sydney, Truro, Edmundston, Woodstock/Houlton, Bathurst, etc... all at once.

It was a Facebook post of the Maritimes taken from the ISS.

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I'm shocked so many homeowners in Montreal can afford to re-roof and restore the original slate rooftops.
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