Photographer's Note

Montreal City Hall is located on 275 Rue Notre-Dame East Montral, QC H2Y 1C6, Canada and it is just next to the Metro station Champs de Mars in Old Port of Monteal.

City Hall serves as the administrative headquarters for the city of Montral and the mayor has his office here. Many areas are off-limits to the public, but visitors can register for a quick but insightful 15-minute tour, which takes place several times each weekday from May through October. From September to June, guided tours of city hall can be organized free of charge for group of eight (8) persons or more. Just make an appointment by calling 311 or completing the form.

The five-storey Montreal City Hall is the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and was built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is also known as the Napoleon III style. The exterior is decorated with ornate balconies, grand turrets, and attractive mansard roofs, and is best appreciated in the evening, when the city lights the building with hundreds of bulbs. It's an awesome sight!

Inside the building, guests will find an abundance of
marble and plenty of bronze. The Hall of Honour is particularly striking and offers portraits of every mayor who ever held this office in Montral. The hall boasts marble from Campagna, Italy; art deco lamps from Paris; and a magnificent French bronze and glass chandelier that weighs a metric ton City Hall, Montreal, Canada(about 2,200 pounds). Ceilings are hand-carved and the stained-glass windows are stunning. Unfortunately, It is said that Montral's City Hall was less than 50 years old because it suffered a terrible fire in 1922. The interior was completely gutted but the exterior was spared, even though the roof was destroyed. The people of Montral saw to it that the interior was restored in a timely manner and fashioned it in the style of the city administrative building in Tours.

Montral's Hotel de Ville was thrust into the international limelight when French president Charles de Gaulle visited in 1967. It was at this time that he gave his famous "Vive le Qubec Libre" (Long-live a Free Quebec) speech from the balcony of the building. It's said that de Gaulle was a huge hit with the people of Montral but that the Canadian government wasn't very happy with his dissertation. His speech strained Canada's relationship with France for many years.


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  • Copyright: Anna Ho (imageme) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 0 N: 370] (1790)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-12-28
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 5 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-02 6:14
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