The Mingling of Old and New Architecture

© Marc Desjardins - Old and new© Matthias Berthet - de la Gauchetière Street© Roger Rinfret - Old and New
© Michel Houde - Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Centre)© Tourisme Montréal - Skyline of Downtown Montréal© Andrew Soong - St. James United Church

© Marc Desjardins - Old and new

June 21, 2016 — Montréal architecture is characterized by the juxtaposition of old and new with a wide variety of styles dating as far back as 1685. As home to four institutions of higher learning (McGill University, Université de Montréal, Concordia University, and Université du Québec à Montréal) offering programs in architecture, interior design, industrial design, and urban planning, as well as the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), a leading international voice  in promoting knowledge, understanding, and debate on architectural history, theory, and practice, Montréal is a city that is well-aware of the ways in which the built environment continues to reflect its development in the 21st century.

As you will see, the buildings in Montréal and the architects who designed them follow a common path of diversity that continues to this day and gives the city the unique backdrop that well reflects the multicultural nature of its population.

Architecture in downtown Montréal is as diverse as the people who inhabit and work in the area. Montréal's downtown combines commercial and residential structures as much as it does older and newer buildings and traditional and innovative design.

If you would like to tour the city's architecture on a bicycle, Montréal on Wheels, the metropolitan area's largest bicycle touring and rental centre offers a variety of tours in old Montréal in the company of experienced guides capable of explaining much about the city's built environment.