McGill Street (Montreal)

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McGill Street
Rue McGill
McGill de la Commune.jpg
McGill Street, looking north from the Lachine Canal.
Length 0.7 km (0.4 mi)
Location Between Victoria Square and De la Commune Street
Coordinates 45°30′01″N 73°33′28″W / 45.500401°N 73.557879°W / 45.500401; -73.557879
McGill Street in 1869.

McGill Street (officially rue McGill) is a street in Montreal named after James McGill[1] after whom McGill University is named. The former head office building of Canadian National Railway Company, built for its predecessor Grand Trunk Railway, still stands on McGill Street and is now occupied by Quebec government offices.

In 1871, an advertisement for the Albion Hotel in an Ottawa newspaper called McGill Street "the great thoroughfare and commercial centre of the city".[2] The McCord Museum of Canadian History refers to the street as "an important artery in Montreal."[3]

The Quartier International de Montréal (Montreal's international district) describes McGill Street as "the link between the strategic sectors of the Old Port, Old Montreal, the Cité Multimedia and the Quartier international."[4]

The Montreal station of the Montreal and Southern Counties Railway interurban streetcar line was located on McGill Street. The station building is still standing, although no longer used for transportation purposes.

McGill Street runs from Victoria Square south to rue de la Commune in the Old Port, at the head of the Lachine Canal. North of Victoria Square, the street transitions to Beaver Hall Hill.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCord Museum of Canadian History – McGill Street, Montreal, QC, about 1869 Photograph and brief history of the street
  2. ^ "Albion Hotel". The Times (Ottawa). July 11, 1871. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  3. ^ McCord Museum of Canadian History – McGill Street, Montreal, QC, about 1869 Photograph and brief history of the street
  4. ^ "Award Presented by the Respected Project Management Institute of Philadelphia: The Quartier International de Montreal Selected as the World's Best Managed Project". Quartier International de Montréal press release via Marketwire. Sep 12, 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 

Coordinates: 45°30′01″N 73°33′28″W / 45.500401°N 73.557879°W / 45.500401; -73.557879