"Public Art - Lord Strathcona Memorial" Montreal Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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Favorite thing: Dorchester Square is considered to be the heart of old "anglo" Montreal. The Lord Strathcona Memorial stands proudly in the center of the square. Donald Alexander Smith (ennobled as Lord Strathcona) (1820-1914) was a Scottish-born Canadian entrepreneur who helped found the Canadian Pacific Railway. He became a millionaire many times over, and then dedicated much of his fortune to a variety of worthy causes. He also served as Canadian representitive in London, where he helped organize the visit of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier to Britain at the time of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

One of his philanthropic endeavors was to organize a brigade of Canadians to serve in the Boer War - an activity which was the initial spur to this memorial. Sculptor George W. Hill (1862-1934) created a noble equestrial monument - which does not depict Strathcona himself, as the Lord was 80 years old when the piece was commissioned.

In the background is the class Sun Life office building. It's considered to be the finest Art Deco structure in Montreal.

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  • Written Jul 23, 2008
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