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Rue Saint-Jacques

Tour route Next section Previous section Back to Notre-Dame Est Boulevard Saint-Laurent Rue Notre-Dame West The Old Seminary and Notre-Dame Place d’Armes Rue Saint-Jacques Des Récollets Around Rue de l’Hôpital Rue Saint-Paul, near Place d’Youville Place d’Youville Western end of the Old Port Pointe-à-Callière and Place Royale Saint-Paul and de la Commune From Saint-Amable to Saint-Gabriel Place Jacques-Cartier Eastern end of the Old Bonsecours From Bonsecours to Berri Rue Notre-Dame East Champ-de-Mars
Competing for prestige 

At the corner of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Jacques are five magnificent head offices, the impressive denizens of Great St. James Street in its heyday. 

In 1866, the Molson Bank must certainly have been a sensation, with its resemblance to a hotel particulier in Paris. This was the first Montréal building directly influenced by the French Second Empire style.

Merchant’s Bank of Canada
In 1873, the Merchants' Bank completed its first few storeys, quite similar to those of the Molson Bank. It later doubled in height.

In 1895, the Canada Life Insurance building was the first building in Montréal, indeed perhaps in all of Canada, to boast an eight-storey steel structure 

In 1909, the Canadian Bank of Commerce unveiled its imposing Corinthian colonnade. 

Royal Bank
When it was built in 1928, and for many years afterward, the new head office of the Royal Bank held the record for the tallest building in the British Empire. The magnificent lobby is definitely worth a visit. 

The Bank of Montreal 

Splendid sculptures 

Little St. James Street 

The World Trade Centre 

Rue Saint-Jacques 

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