Avenue McGill College, Montreal

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McGill College Avenue is a street in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Named for McGill University, the street was widened in the 1980s and transformed into a scenic avenue with McGill's Roddick Gates on Sherbrooke Street at its north end and the Place Ville Marie plaza at its south end.
The street was first laid out in 1857, on the axis leading up to the original McGill College Building, now the Arts Building of McGill University. Proposals to widen McGill College date back to at least 1952, when the French architect Jacques Greber submitted a design to the City of Montreal.
In 1983, the plan to widen McGill College as a scenic avenue was imperiled by a proposal to house a concert hall in Place Montreal Trust, with a design for an office tower that would have partially obstructed the view of Mount Royal. The plan encountered public opposition, including from architectural activist Phyllis Lambert, a member of the board of directors of Cadillac Fairview, the project's developer. This idea of a concert hall on McGill College was abandoned in favour of a design for Place Montreal Trust with a wider setback. Montreal's concert hall would instead be built further east, as part of the Place des Arts complex.
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  • This is a short piece of street, running from McGill College on Sherbrooke for a few short blocks all the way to Rue St. Catherine (near the Underground CIty). There's a juxtaposition here that is...  more »
  • I love this section of Montreal! It's not as crowded as the downtown and it has tons of interesting art installations up and down the street. Very pedestrian friendly (all of Montreal is which I...  more »

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