Drummond Street, Montreal

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Drummond Street
Rue Drummond
Rue drummond.jpg
Drummond Street looking southward.
Length 1.2 km (0.7 mi)
Location Between Doctor Penfield Avenue and De la Gauchetière Street
Coordinates 45°29′57″N 73°34′31″W / 45.499068°N 73.575152°W / 45.499068; -73.575152
Construction
Inauguration 1842

Drummond Street (officially rue Drummond) is a north-south street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Spanning a total of 1.2 kilometres, it links Doctor Penfield Avenue in the north and De la Gauchetière Street in the south.

A mix of businesses are located on this street such as bookstores, pubs and restaurants. A branch of the YMCA and the Mount Stephen Club are also located on this street.

History[edit]

Drummond Street, 1879
Drummond Street, 1895

Scots-Quebecer businessman John Redpath (1796-1869), was a member of Montreal City Council from 1840 until 1843. He ceded the land which became Drummond Street on May 13, 1842 and named the street for his second wife, Jane Drummond (1816-1907). The street was not named for General Sir Gordon Drummond (no relation), as is sometimes thought.[1][2]

Upper Drummond Street was one of the principal streets of the Golden Square Mile. Circa 1925, it was a quiet tree-lined avenue of mansions belonging to the Drummond, Smithers, Molson, Reford, MacIntyre, Meighen (inherited from Lord Mount Stephen), Wallis, Angus, Reid, Davis, Brainard, Wanklyn and Hosmer families.

Following a demolition spree that culminated in 1975, Drummond Street had become another typical modern Montreal street, seen as it today. The Mount Stephen Club, former home of George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen remains, as does the home of Charles Hosmer, but the others have long since disappeared.

Drummond Street and hockey[edit]

A fancy ball at the Victoria Skating Rink, on Drummond Street en 1865.

In 1862, the Victoria Skating Rink opened its doors on Drummond Street. This rink is best known for being the site of the first recorded organized indoor ice hockey game on March 3, 1875.[3] It was also home to the first Stanley Cup playoff game.[4] It was also the venue for numerous other activities such as the Montreal Winter Carnaval, fancy balls, exhibitions and concerts.

Today, one block south, at the corner of Drummond and De la Gauchetière Street, is the Bell Centre, home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rue Drummond". Fiche Descriptive. Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 8 September 2013.  (French)
  2. ^ Ville de Montréal, Les rues de Montréal, Répertoire historique. Éditions du Méridien. 1995, p. 151 (French)
  3. ^ "International hockey timeline". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ "`Father' of ice hockey honoured". Canadian Press (Toronto Star). 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 

Coordinates: 45°29′57″N 73°34′31″W / 45.499068°N 73.575152°W / 45.499068; -73.575152