Date/Time: October 22, 1999, 1:30 p.m.

This is a rather plain view of Montreal, but Notman's original photograph is extremely good quality. I can distinguish his own studio at 17 Bleury Street, with three large skylights and a cover for a daylight enlarger on the roof. Although I had only a few such reference points, it was easy to figure out that he took this photo from one of the Notre Dame Church towers. To reach it I climbed the same long flight of stairs Notman had to climb all those years ago. The view today is a bit disappointing, but certainly represents change.
By Andrzej Maciejewski
McCord Museum of Canadian History

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