Neighbourhood - Buildings

Strathcona Music Building


In the chateau style that American architect Bruce Price made famous in his later hotels for the CPR, the original building is distinguished by its symmetry, four storeys adorned with innumerable gables and dormer windows, rich ornamentation, a grand portico and staircases. The steel frame is covered in grey Montreal limestone and a copper roof, originally terracotta. The interior ornamentation, lecture halls, assembly hall, spacious bedrooms and more were lost when the college was converted into a music school.

The Vaughan wing, designed by Percy Nobbs, blends wonderfully with the original wing, in part through the use of grey limestone. Evocative symbols were sculpted between the windows: the emblems of each of Montreal's four founding communities — the rose of England, the fleur-de-lys of France, the Irish harp and the thistle of Scotland — as well as a martlet, symbolizing McGill University, and a garland, representing Queen Victoria.

The monument to Queen Victoria, inaugurated in 1900, is proudly enthroned at the main entrance of the building.