Building Montréal

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Introduction

We characterized this period by the major changes to Montréal's urban structure brought about by a significant expansion of the city's commercial vocation throughout the 19th century. These changes began with the demolition of the fortifications at the turn of the 19th century, which paved the way for the construction of a harbourfront that literally "changed the face" of Montréal. This new face was not only architectural but also sociological and economic.

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