Discover the history and architecture of Montreal's Golden Square Mile.

Montreal’s Golden Square Mile: A Historical Perspective – tells the story in words and in stunning images, past and present, of what was once the beating heart of Canadian prosperity and society.

In praise of Montreal's Golden Square Mile

This book not only is a pleasure to look at and to read. In giving me a greater sense of our city’s earlier days, it also deepens my understanding and enriches my view of our present day city.
Julie Keith
Authoress of The Devil Out There,
& The Jaguar Temple
‘Montreal’s Golden Square Mile’ is, like each of his previous books, based on thorough research, profusely illustrated with archival materials and a substantial number of his own excellent photographs, and enriched by the intensity of his personal engagement with every nook and cranny of the island that has been his home for more than eight decades. Where will he take us next?

Professor David Covo OAQ FRAIC
School of Architecture
McGill University

This book stands apart from the others with its myriad of coloured photographs, backed up by the black and white photographs from the Notman collection of the McCord Museum, and its diligent research.
All the buildings have been depicted in their best seasonal dress. One sees them as they really are, and I think, as how they would have wanted to be seen.

Michael Fish
A Founder of Save Montreal.


The amount of documentary information on the buildings, the sheer volume of historic and contemporary photographic images and the clarity of the presentation make this a very enjoyable tome - an architect’s delight.

Bruce Anderson, OAQ,FRAIC,
Emeritus Professor of Architecture  of McGill University.



Fourth in a series of pictorial essays on the architecture and history of Montreal, this book, in 168 pages of minute detail, close to 200 stunning photographs by the author and historic images from the McCord Museum’s Notman Collection, chronicles the history of these beautiful buildings and highlights the prominent families that built them.

Montreal’s Golden Square Mile is the result of a year and a half of studious research, countless walks and dozens of interviews with prominent Montrealers, historians, archivists and curators as well as ordinary citizens passionate about the preservation of Montreal’s rich architectural heritage.

Montreal's Golden Square Mile is available in fine bookstores. To order directly from the author, call 514-281-6526.

Clarence de Sola House
This house, built in 1913, is in a Moorish Revival style with an abrupt slope at the back, making the house eight storeys tall. The entrance, on Pine, is on the fourth floor.
John Matheson
John Matheson, in 1862, built one of the gracious homes in the Montreal Golden Square Mile. A stairway to the first floor led to a veranda that wound around the building. The second floor also had a wraparound veranda. Windows on the third and a covered widow’s walk topped off this splendid home.

Major, Fulford Residence
In 1845, James Edward Major bought a lot stretching from Ste. Catherine to almost Dorchester, 35 meters deep. He built his home, Erin Cottage, using red brick, which was unusual for large homes. The veranda and its wooden pillars were further innovations.

In 1891, his family sold the house to the Church Home, an Anglican senior’s residence. Continuing its Anglican heritage, the house was renamed the Fulford Residence in honour of Mrs. Frances Fulford, who started the first women’s residence in Montreal in 1855.

High up on the hill, with a great view and a large garden, George Hague had a grand house Rotherwood built in 1887.

He was the general manager of the Merchants Bank and lived there until his death in 1915. His family, after World War I, found the property taxes unreasonable and decided to sell the property. Not finding any buyers, they demolished the house in 1920.

This mansion, designed and built in 1925 for Alice Graham and Bernard Hallward, lost its garden when McGregor was extended.
In 1951 the Congregation de la fraternité Sacerdotale bought the house, and in 1965 McGill purchased it.

McGill named the building the Martlet House after the bird on the University crest.
The Development/Alumni/Graduate groups left for the Seagram House on Peel, in 2003, and the Faculty of Medicine moved in.

Redpath Terrace Bank
John Redpath had been a contractor for the Lachine Canal and then took on the complete job of constructing the Rideau Canal. Then he bought the Desrivières estate of 235 acres in 1836 and moved in the next summer to live there year-round.

Real estate promotion for his excess land in 1840 was fostered by the ruling that any of his land would have no assessed payment of the Sulpician censitaires. He subdivided large parcels above Sherbrooke and smaller ones below.
With the profit made he bought land beside the Lachine Canal and built the Redpath Sugar plant. In 1861 he replaced his home with the much grander Terrace Bank. He placed some parcels of his land with his children before he died in 1869.

Emanuel United Church, Salvation Army Citadel, Alcan
The Church was built in 1907 and was sold to the Salvation Army in 1948. The Citadel was purchased by Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. in 2007. Six years later the complete complex was sold to the Yale/Cirque du Soleil group, as Rio Tinto Alcan is moving to the new Deloitte Tower on René Lévesque.

Windsor Hotel
The Hotel opened on November30, 1878. It was built from the plans by George Worthington. It had taken three years to build and furnish. The elite of Montreal used it for meetings and festive occasions.

In 1930 a large addition was built on the north, Cypress Street side. In 1960, this section became the new Windsor Hotel; the original hotel was almost completely burnt down in December 1957. The owners of the hotel sold the burnt portion and the new owners, Imperial Bank of Canada, demolished it.
Imperial merged with the Canadian Bank of Commerce and in 1962 CIBC erected the present Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada building, at 1155 René Lévesque Boulevard.

Ice Palace, Place du Canada
In 1881, someone proposing a  toast at the Montreal Snow Shoe Club brought up the idea of a Winter Carnival for Montreal.
The first one was held in Dominion Square in January 1883. An ice palace 30 meters square, its tower rising up 35 meters, was internally lit by many coloured flashing lights. The ice in 250-kilogram blocks were brought up from the St. Lawrence River by horse-drawn sleighs.
Huge crowds filled Dominion Square to watch the festivities that included a torchlight parade by snowshoers from the top of Mount Royal to the Ice Palace.

Montreal's Golden Square Mile is available in fine bookstores.
To order directly from the author, call 514-281-6526.