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Montreal is 375 years old, but how old are its buildings? Great interactive map at CBC website

Montreal is 375 years old, but how old are its buildings?

The opening paragraphs read:

By Roberto Rocha

Montreal is celebrating its 375th anniversary, but very few vestiges of its early history remain. The number of standing structures from the time of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance can be counted on two hands.

But 375 years is a long time, enough for dozens of styles and ways of thinking to rise and fall. And fortunately, we have preserved a little bit of each along the way.

This map is an imperfect way to show that. It shows every building on the island coloured by its approximate year of construction. It’s imperfect because it was cobbled together from various data sources, many of them incomplete (read the FAQ to know more).



A May 17, 2017 Montreal Gazette article is entitled: “Montreal’s history did not start 375 years ago.”


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