List of tallest buildings in Montreal

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Skyscrapers in Downtown Montreal viewed from the Champlain Bridge.

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Montreal that ranks skyscrapers in the Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec, by height. There are currently 42 buildings and structures in Montreal greater than 100 m (328 ft). The tallest building in the city is the 51-storey and 205 m (673 ft) tall 1000 de la Gauchetière.

Municipal regulations forbid any building from exceeding the height of Mount Royal, or 233 m (764 ft) above mean sea level.[1] Above-ground height is further limited in most areas and a minority of the downtown land plots are allowed to contain buildings exceeding 120 metres in height.[2] The maximum limit is currently attained by 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, the latter of which is shorter, but built on higher ground. To build higher than 1000 de La Gauchetière while respecting this limit would be to build on the lowest part of downtown; the maximum height there would be approximately 210 metres.[2]

The history of skyscrapers in Montreal began with the completion of the 8-storey tall New York Life Insurance Building in 1888.[3] Most high-rise construction in Montreal occurred in two periods: the late 1920s to the early 1930s and later on the early 1960s through to the early 1990s.

The tallest buildings currently under construction are the 50-storey (175m) L'Avenue, 50-storey (167m) Tour des Canadiens, 40-storey (147m) phase 1 of Roccabella, 39-storey (146m) Icône, 40-storey Le V (138m), 26-storey Deloitte Tower (133m) and 35-storey Altoria (120m).

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Montreal skyscrapers that stand at least 122 metres (400 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes architectural details but does not include spires or antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the Tour de Montréal.

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year Notes
1 1000 de La Gauchetière
1000 de La Gauchetière
205 (673) 51 1992 This is the tallest building in Montreal by roof height and tallest in Canada east of Toronto. It rises the maximum height allowed by the city.
2 1250 René-Lévesque
1250 René-Lévesque
199 (653) 47 1992 Originally known as the IBM-Marathon Tower. With its spire included it measures 226 m (741 ft).
3 Tour de la Bourse
Tour de la Bourse
194 (637) 47 1964 The tallest building in Canada until completion of the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower in Toronto. The tallest reinforced concrete building in the world until the completion of Lake Point Tower in Chicago. The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1960s.[4][5]
4 Place Ville-Marie
Place Ville-Marie
188 (617) 47 1962 The tallest building in Canada until completion of the Tour de la Bourse.[6][7]
5 CIBC Tower
CIBC Tower
187 (614) 45 1962 With its antenna included it measures 250 m (820 ft). The tallest building in Canada and the whole British Commonwealth when completed in 1962. Surpassed within a year by Place Ville-Marie.[8][9]
N/A Tour de Montréal
Tour de Montréal
175 (574) 20 1987 The Tour de Montréal is the tallest inclined tower in the world.[10][N 1]
6 1501 McGill College
1501 McGill College
158 (519) 36 1992 [11][12]
7 Complexe Desjardins South Tower
Complexe Desjardins South
152 (499) 40 1976 The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1970s.[13][14]
8 KPMG Tower
KPMG Tower
146 (479) 34 1987 Originally known as Maison des Coopérants and later as Place de la Cathédrale. The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1980s.[15][16]
9 Marriott Château Champlain
Marriott Château Champlain
139 (454) 36 1967 Tallest hotel in Montreal.[17][18]
10 Le V / Courtyard Marriott Hotel Le V 138 (453) 40 2014 (est.) Topped out[19][20]
11 Telus Tower
Telus Tower
136 (445) 34 1962 Originally known as CIL House.[21][22]
12 Bell Media Tower
Bell Media Tower
134 (440) 34 1988 Originally known as Place Montreal Trust and Maison Astral.[23][24]
13 500 Place D'Armes
Le Tour de la Banque Nationale
133 (435) 32 1968 Originally known as Tour Banque Canadienne Nationale.[25][26]
14 Complexe Desjardins East Tower
Complexe Desjardins Tour Est
130 (427) 32 1976 [27][28]
15= Scotia Tower
Scotia Tower
128 (420) 29 1990 [29][30]
15= National Bank Tower
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128 (420) 28 1983 National Bank Tower and 700 de la Gauchetière are the tallest twin towers in Montreal.[31][32]
15= 700 de la Gauchetière
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128 (420) 28 1983 Le 700 de la Gauchetière and Tour de la Banque Nationale are the tallest twin towers in Montreal. Previously known as Bell Canada Tower.[33][34]
15= 1000 Sherbrooke West
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128 (420) 28 1974 [35][36]
19 Terminal Tower
Tour Terminal.JPG
125 (410) 30 1966 [37][38]
20 Altitude Montreal
Altitude Montreal
124 (407) 33 2013 The tallest residential building in Canada east of Toronto.[39][40]
21= Sun Life Building
Sun Life Building
122 (400) 26 1931 The tallest building in Montreal from 1931 until the completion of Tour CIBC in 1962. The tallest building in the city completed prior to the 1960s.[41][42]
21= Le Port Royal
Le Port Royal
122 (400) 33 1964 [43][44]

Tallest under construction, proposed, and approved[edit]

Under construction[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are under construction in Montreal and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 L'Avenue 175 / 574 50 2017 75% Sold.[45] Construction began December 2013.
2 Tour des Canadiens 167 / 525[46] 50 2016 100% Sold. Construction began June 6, 2013.[47]
3 Roccabella (East Tower) 147 / 482 40 2016 75% Sold.[48] Construction began March 4, 2013.
4 Icône (Phase 1) 146 / 479 39 2016 75% Sold. Construction began July 2013.
5 Le V / Courtyard Marriott Montreal Centre-ville 138 / 453 40 2014 When complete, it will be the tallest building constructed in Montreal since 1992. Topped out.
6 Deloitte Tower 133 / 436[48] 28 2015 Construction began October 2012.[49] Expected completion June 2015.[49]
7 Tom Condos 122 / 400 40 2016 55% Sold. Began construction in June 2014.
8 Altoria / Aimia Tower 120 / 393 35 2014 Topped out in February 2014.[50]
9 Le Peterson 105 / 344 31 2016 55% sold. Began construction in March 2014.

Approved[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are approved in Montreal and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 Roccabella (West Tower) 147 / 482 40 2017 East Tower began construction on March 4, 2013.
2 Tour Quartier des Spectacles 145 / 476 31 2017
3 YUL Condos 120 / 393 38 2016 Should begin construction by July 2014.
4 900 de Maisonneuve West 114 / 374 28 2019
5 Waldorf Astoria Montreal 120 / 393 32 2020 Stale proposal.[51]

Proposed[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that have been proposed, but not approved yet, in Montreal and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 Tour des Canadiens Phase 2 (2 towers) 120 / 393 38 2017 To be announced soon.
2 750 Peel (2 towers) 120 / 393* 35 2017 To be announced soon.
3 650 Peel (3 towers) 120 / 393* 35 2017 To be announced soon.
4 Îcone (Phase 2) 107 / 351 27 2018 Mixed-use, hotel and condos.

* denotes an estimation in height.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Notre Dame Basilica was the tallest building in Montreal from its construction in 1829 to 1928.
The Royal Bank Building, the tallest building in Montreal from 1928 to 1931 and the first building to exceed the Notre-Dame Basilica in height.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Montreal.

Name Street address Years as tallest # of Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference
Notre Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West 1829–1928 99 years 69 / 226 7 [52][53]
Royal Bank Building 360 Saint Jacques Street West 1928–1931 3 years 121 / 397 22 [54][55]
Sun Life Building 1155 Metcalfe Street 1931–1962 31 years 122 / 400 26 [41][42]
Tour CIBC 1155 René Lévesque Boulevard West 1962 <1 year 187 / 614 45 [8][9]
Place Ville Marie 1 Place Ville-Marie 1962–1964 2 years 188 / 617 47 [6][7]
Tour de la Bourse 800 Victoria Square 1964–1992 28 years 194 / 637 47 [4][5]
1000 de La Gauchetière 1000 De La Gauchetière Street West 1992–present 22 years (current) 205 / 673 51 [56][57]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Tour de Montréal is not a habitable building, but is included in this list for comparative purposes. Per a ruling by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding observation towers are not considered to be buildings, as they are not fully habitable structures.

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