"Hudson Bay Company Store (1891)" Montreal Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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by yooperprof

Favorite thing: This red sandstone "monument to capitalism" was opened in 1891 in Phililps Square as Morgan's Department Store, then the largest retailer in Montreal. (It became a HBC emporium in 1959.) The architect/designer was John Pearce Hill, who recycled some of the stones that had been part of Canada's first Parliament buildings, which were located in Montreal in the 1840s.

It's a prominent landmark on Rue Ste. Catherine Ouest (west) - at 585.

Interesting trivia: the family of CSA (Confederate States of America) President Jefferson Davis lived on this site during the period of the American Civil War in the early 1860s - Davis had sent his wife and children here to Quebec for safety.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 1, 2008
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