Montreal is home to a unique blend of historic and modern architecture, making it a fascinating city to explore. You’ll find a variety of examples of Art Deco architecture, Gothic Revival façades, and historic industrial and financial buildings. Here are 10 of the most distinctive and impressive buildings in Montreal.
The seat of Montreal’s local government, referred to as the Hôtel de Ville de Montréal in French, is a striking five-story example of the Second Empire architectural style. City Hall, constructed between 1872 and 1878, sits in the historic Old Montreal neighborhood.
City Hall, 275 Notre-Dame St E, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 872 0311
Fort de la Montagne
Montreal is characterized by historic buildings, and Fort de la Montagne makes up some of the oldest architectural structures on the Island of Montreal. The fort, constructed in 1694, was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1970. The site consists of two two-story 13-meter-high (43 feet) stone towers that were part of the original Fort de la Montagne—a 17th-century French fortification and mission.
Fort de la Montagne, 3577 Atwater Ave, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 937 2371
1000 de la Gauchetière
Montreal’s tallest building by roof height, 1000 de la Gauchetière lies in the city center. The city’s building regulations require that no skyscraper can be taller than the elevation of Mont-Royal (which is 233 meters or 764 feet). Thus, 1000 de la Gauchetière reaches the permissible height of 205 meters (673 feet), with 51 floors. Another distinctive feature of this building is the large indoor skating rink located in the atrium.
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