Saturday, August 19, 2006

Montreal Historical Site

Marty ,
I thought that the expatriates might be interested in this. My camera
is not good enough to get the whole building in and it's kinda tight
around there on St-Catherine street. When I find some professional photos after the opening I will send them along

Montreal - Downtown

There's a beautiful church on St Catherine Street that's been hidden
for decades.
And now it seems everyone wants to get a good look at St-James United

Back in the 1920s, the church needed extra money -- so it allowed
businesses to open up in front of the church.
But this summer, those stores were torn down.
And for the first time in 80 years, Saint James United can be seen from
the street again.

At 7:00pm on September 13, 2006, the new fa├žade of the St. James United
Church will be unveiled at 463 Ste-Catherine Street West in Montreal,

Dating back to 1889, this house of worship was once the largest
Methodist church in Canada seating as many as 2000 parishioners at a given time.
It was classified as a Quebec Historical Monument in 1980 and as a
National Historical Site of Canada in 1996. It has been virtually hidden from the street since 1927 when a three-storey commercial building was erected around it.

Thanks to Ivan Rhoades for this one.

Nice job Ivan. I sure miss that city...
I hope to visit later this fall..


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