A Historical Journey of the City of Westmount, Qc.
City of Westmount
The City of Westmount, incorporated in 1874 was designated as a National Historic Site in 2005, it’s mission to conserve the historic integrity of the built environment. In 1916, the City of Westmount was the first in Canada to create a local Architectural and Planning Committee.
In the 1890s, the City purchased 30 acres of farmland and devised plans for what would become Westmount Park.
The ‘Westmount Public Library’ was founded in 1897 in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The library was designed by Robert Findlay and opened in 1899. It was the first free library to open in Quebec. The coffered ceilings, led windows and stencilled friezes are representative of the Arts & Crafts movement of Victoria, England. There were four additions between 1911-1959.
‘Victoria Hall’ opened in 1899, located next to Westmount Public Library. The building was designed by Architect Robert Findlay. The original building was destroyed by fire in 1924. The present building, designed by Alexander Cowper Hutchison & George W. Wood in Neo-Tudor Revival style, opening in 1925.
The ‘City Hall’ was designed in Neo-Tudor style reminiscent of Scottish castles. Designed by Architects Robert and Francis Findlay, in opened in 1922.
Historical Parishes include: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 1857(1912)., Ascension of Our Lord Parish, 1926., Westmount Baptiste Church, 1924., Westmount Park United Church 1929., Church of St. Leon de Westmount., 1907.
The City of Westmount is home to the Royal Montreal Regiment and Canadian Forces. It is also home to King George’s Park and Westmount Summit Park.
Westmount, Québec to Westmount, Québec
50 Great Saves: The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act
Duncan, British Columbia to McAdam, New Brunswick 10 places
In 1990, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act came into effect after years of lobbying with the help of the National Trust for Canada. The act has granted over 150 railway stations federal legal protection across the country including the Duncan train station in Duncan, BC and the McAdam Railway Station in McAdam, New Brunswick.
Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Histories
Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 35 places
geocaches that demonstrate the rich, diverse histories of Atlantic Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 9 places
The geography of Black urban Halifax and Windsor encompassing the waves of Black migration
The Hidden Black Cityscape
Saint Marys Parish to New Brunswick 15 places
Explore Fredericton’s early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.