Saint-Louis Square

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Saint Louis Square
Square Saint-Louis
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Saint-Louis Square, looking east from Laval Street, fountain in the distance, 2005.
Saint-Louis Square is located in Montreal
Saint-Louis Square
Type Town square
Location Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°31′01″N 73°34′12″W / 45.517015°N 73.569968°W / 45.517015; -73.569968Coordinates: 45°31′01″N 73°34′12″W / 45.517015°N 73.569968°W / 45.517015; -73.569968
Created 1876
Operated by City of Montreal

Saint-Louis Square (French: square Saint-Louis or carré Saint-Louis) is an urban square in Montreal's Plateau Mont Royal. It resides on the major street Saint Denis and is surrounded on 3 sides by Rue Du Square-Saint-Louis.

The square is located on the site of the city's former reservoir, which was functional until 1852, and replaced by the McTavish reservoir, after the Great Fire of 1852. The square was created in 1876, and named for two businessmen, brothers Emmanuel and Jean-Baptiste Saint-Louis.[1][2]

The Project for Public Spaces has called the square "the closest thing to a European neighborhood square you'll find this side of the Atlantic."[3]

Structures[edit]

The square features a Victorian fountain as its centrepiece.[3] A bust of Octave Crémazie was unveiled on June 24, 1906, designed by Louis-Philippe Hébert, near the home of Émile Nelligan, facing the square.[4] Nelligan himself was honoured with a bust in the square 99 years later, on June 7, 2005, designed by Roseline Granet.[5]

Surrounding buildings[edit]

Detail of Victorian row houses facing the square, fall 2011.

The square is also notable for the Victorian style residences facing the park.[1] The Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois is based in one such structure on Laval Street, which was the residence of Claude Jutra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Le Plateau historique". L’Avenue du Mont-Royal (in French). Société de Développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Square Saint-Louis". A View on Cities. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Square St. Louis". Project for Public Spaces. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "P-0000.859.6 | Cremazie Monument, St. Louis Square, Montreal, QC, about 1910". Website. McCord Museum. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Monument of Émile Nelligan". Public art in Montreal. City of Montreal. Retrieved 1 January 2012.