The Habitat '67 building was built by the israeli born architect Moshe Safdie as a housing complex for the Montreal Expo of 1976. The building was planned for about 1000 apartment units as an experiement in housing and community life; only 158 of them were finally realised.
Habitat '67 is located at 2600, avenue Pierre-Dupuy near the Pont de la Concorde which leads from Ile Ste-Helene to the Vieux Port area.
Place Jacques Cartier Is the place to be In the summertime It Is one of the busiest places In Old Montreal as crowds gather to watch street performers and the end of performance just drop some cash in the hat, Jewelry being sold by tiny table vendors, Artist that will drawing your pic weather It would be black and white to color or even a cartoon style pic. (And there are very talented artist there ) Or even getting a fake tatoo. Face painters for the children. Or just sitting people watching at one of may terraces grabbing a bite to eat or a beverage. It's a must see If you visit Montreal in the summer. And being with so many people I recommend that you pay attention to you bags, I have never had a problem there but one can never know In such a crowd of people. And I have been there plenty of times. It Is a historical square also one of the city's most popular and lively.
During the Christmas season the streets have lighted trees.
Nearest metro is Champ-de-Mars. Check site for Maps and location
Montreal has preserved some of the oldest houses and buildings in North America. If you love history and architecture, stop buy a library while in town and buy one of those architecture books about Montreal. There, you will find stories about numerous buildings in Old Montreal, making your walks passionate. So many things happened in those place, it's amazing. Many groups offer thematic walk across the city like "Heritage Montreal" and "Kaleidoscope".
Among the beautiful architecture on the Blvd Rene Levesque is the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral. This cathedral is a scale replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
In place of the figures of the twelve Apostles found at St Peter's in Rome, the statues on the façade are of the thirteen patron saints of the parishes which collectively form the diocese of Montréal.
Address is: 1065 de la Cathédrale Street at the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard (metro Bonaventure) in downtown Montreal
Visit one of the most beautiful Victorian business districts in North America. Although The Architecture is often what Attracts tourists to the Old Port, many Tourists miss some of the finest areas of the Old Port. This little district is located on Rue des Récollets Near Notre-Dame St & McGill Street. These lavish buildings date back to the 1850's. The Ramsay building is a famous landmark. Ramsay was a paint manufacturer, and the first occupant of this area, followed by a cigar manufacturer until the mid-20th century.
HABITAT by Moshe Safdie
i'd read about the amazing prototype Mass Housing solution being built for EXPO '67, amidst much controversy it emerged - decades later, it still stands still amidst controversy, but the architect has now to his list of completed buildings many more acorss the globe. [later will emerge an architectural travelogue]
**** '.....While there are other ‘temporary’ buildings surviving from that grand fiesta that was Montreal’s World’s Fair, Habitat is the only structure still used for the very purpose for which it was built. Its immediately recognizable form sets it in the company of other iconic buildings that arose as material and structural experiments in world exhibitions – the Eiffel Tower and the Crystal Palace among them. It is the most researched building among some 150 projects Safdie has designed. There are American students investigating its plumbing and French art historians writing a dissertation on the Habitat ‘discourse’ at the Sorbonne.
Ultimately, for all its importance, the future of Habitat ’67 is not so much in preserving a single building, or securing its infrastructure, but rather, in promoting the values that had accompanied Habitat’s growth: the synergy between innovation and political will; the facilitation, on a public scale, of original thinking; the validation, in a built form, of community ideals.....' SOURCE: http://cac.mcgill.ca/safdie/Habitat/future.htm
This is the Marché Bonsecour market (part of it anyways) This place is in the old port of Montreal but it's fairly unknown to tourists. This is CANADA'S FIRST PARLIAMENT! Until an english newspaper asked it's reader to burn the place donw..since then it's in Ontario..
This is a great place to find not so expensve souvenirs (or tourist traps) art and clothing. There is also many interesting expositions on the second floor for free or a small fee.
Explore the back alleys of Vieux-Montreal. Much of the area is never seen by busy tourists snapping photos of the Basilique Notre-Dame or shopping on rue St-Paul. The quieter areas are slowly being converted into high-tech firms and expensive lofts- former warehouses transformed into luxurious inner city housing. The photo shows rue St-Sacrement, a rare cobbled treasurelined with converted warehouses and commercial buildings. This was off rue St-Pierre.
Des Récollets and St-Helene Streets in Vieux Montréal were once the centre of the city's bustling finacial district, and wealthy industrialists and bankers built magnificent structures here to show off their wealth and power to clients and passers-by. Today, the businesses are gone and the buildings are being converted to lofts, but the beautiful architecture of that long ago age remains. Below is the beautful Beaux Arts/Second Empire building at St-Helene and des Récollets as just an example of such masterwork. The area is located within Vieux-Montréal, between rues (streets) St-Pierre and McGill.
Downtown Montreal displays holiday decorations starting early November. This picture was taken November 4 and as you can see "Christmas is in the Air".
Take a Ferry 'Navette' in the St. Laurent river at Old Montreal.Here you can see the inclined tower of the 'Olympic Stadium in the back.
Theres nothing especially spectacular about the Port of Montreal except that its smack downtown and you can see ships from all around the world moored there.