View of downtown MontrÃ©al from the ruins of the former Franciscan Seminary.
Part of the gate in front of the Masson House; whatever comes of this property, I hope these get a makeover, this one’s the only post that seems to be in its proper place, and has incurred the least amount of damage.
Found behind the Masson House, part of the once elaborate grounds of a sprawling Franciscan Seminary complex. At one point it included the Judah House, Masson House, not to mention the large chapel and extensive seminary annex. Behind these properties are the remnants of the manicured grounds. Ought to be turned into a park as soon as possible.
As you can see, it’s quite a space.
This is perhaps one of the quaintest streets in downtown MontrÃ©al, just off of Rue du Souvenir near the MontrÃ©al Children’s Hospital. It’s as lovely as any street in the Mile End, and has a similar aesthetic. What I found bizarre was that you couldn’t hear RenÃ©-LÃ©vesque Boulevard, nor the trains passing by on the other side. It was rather serene for a Friday afternoon.
I don’t know if there’s anyone living here, but I could swear someone was living here recently. Going to get back to y’all on that one. Either way – I could just as easily picture this house in some ancient town in the Eastern Townships or up in the Laurentians. Hard to believe its straddling a highway on-ramp eh?
The highest traffic rail line in all of Canada.
One of the two towers at the top of Rue du Fort, build in the 1670s for the Sulpician summer villa that once occupied the grounds currently owned by the College de MontrÃ©al. Though intended to be used to defend the villa from Iroquois attack, they were instead used as a makeshift dormitory and school for Marguerite Bourgeoys and her evangelizing/educating sisters.