Created during the Victorian Era, public squares were shaded places to relax. Unlike parks, they permitted citizens to admire the surrounding cityscapes. Created in 1870 in the city's poshest neighbourhood, Dominion Square was a must visit for distinguished visitors. In 1895, it was even becoming the heart of the new downtown, adding to the sector that we now call Old Montreal. All the new city neighbourhoods, even the poorer ones such as St. Henri, had their squares, around which institutions and the homes of the local elite were located. As the photo illustrates, these squares were usually served by the new electric tramways, as well as by horse-drawned cabs (see detail using "Explore").
Printed Documents

  • Choko, Marc H. 1987. Les grandes places publiques de Montréal. Montreal : Éditions du Méridien.
  • Laplante, Jean de. 1990. Les parcs de Montréal : Des origines à nos jours. Montreal : Éditions du Méridien.
  • Marsan, Jean-Claude. 1994. Montréal en évolution : Historique du développement de l'architecture et de l'environnement urbain montréalais. Montreal : Éditions du Méridien.

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