Neighbourhood - Buildings

Place Ville Marie



History

In 1958, at the request of Canadian National Railways, the American developer William Zeckendorf spearheaded the Place Ville Marie project to draw major companies closer to the railroad stations. This prestigious building, one of the highest in Canada, finally filled in the vast trench gouged in the flank of Mount Royal during construction of the railroad tunnel under the mountain between 1911 and 1918. Inaugurated in 1962, Place Ville Marie marked the beginning of a real estate boom resulting in the construction of skyscrapers and the shifting of the financial centre toward McGill College Avenue away from Old Montreal . Its tenants include the head office of the Royal Bank of Canada (Canada's largest chartered bank) and the Montreal Trust Company. In 1966, three concrete buildings were built as part of Phase II.

Since 2000, Place Ville Marie has been owned by the SITQ, a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. It is still an important economic, commercial, and cultural hub in downtown Montreal.

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View of Place Ville Marie, from Mount Royal

25.2 cm x 20.1 cm
© HEC Montréal, © Héritage Montréal

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View of the Sun Life building, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and Place Ville-Marie (in construction)

25.2 cm x 20.5 cm
© HEC Montréal, © Héritage Montréal

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View of Place Ville-Marie (the top is in construction), from Mount Royal

25.2 cm x 20.5 cm
© HEC Montréal, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Fashion show, Place Ville Marie
1962
© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie's old esplanade
1962
© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville-Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie's esplanade
1962
© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie's esplanade
1962
© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie's esplanade
1962
© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Shopping mall inside Place Ville Marie
1962
© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Main lobby, Place Ville Marie

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Construction of Place Ville Marie

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Train in front of Place Ville Marie (in construction)

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie, construction site

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie, construction site

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Beginning of construction work for Place Ville Marie

© Courtoisie de SITQ -Place Ville Marie, © Héritage Montréal

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Street near the future Place Ville Marie

15.2 cm x 22.9 cm
© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (R-3977.2 (2)(5)(…à 1960)), © Héritage Montréal

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The Montreal Star, opening of the shopping promenade of the Place Ville Marie
1962
© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (R-3977.2 (4)(5) (1962-1977)), © Héritage Montréal

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Reitman’s advertising for the boutique opening at Place Ville Marie

© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (R-3977.2 (3)(5) (1962-1977)), © Héritage Montréal

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Women window-shopping and mannequin at Place Ville Marie

© Ville de Montréal. Gestion de documents et archives (VM94-A-651-45), © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie

13.9 cm x 8.9 cm
© Dinu Bumbaru, © Héritage Montréal

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Place Ville Marie

13.9 cm x 8.9 cm
© Dinu Bumbaru, © Héritage Montréal