Roddick Gates

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Coordinates: 45°30′13″N 73°34′29″W / 45.50361°N 73.57472°W / 45.50361; -73.57472

Roddick Gates
The Roddick Memorial Gates
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The Roddick Gates and Burnside Hall
Location Sherbrooke Street
Designer Gratton D. Thompson
Type Monumental gates
Beginning date 1924
Opening date May 28, 1925
Dedicated to Thomas George Roddick

The Roddick Memorial Gates are a monument in Montreal and the main entrance to the McGill University.

The Roddick Gates are on Sherbrooke Street and are at the head of the very short but broad McGill College Avenue which starts at Place Ville-Marie.

History[edit]

In 1924, Amy Redpath Roddick donated the Roddick Gates in memory of her late husband, Sir Thomas George Roddick, a renowned doctor and dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1901 to 1908. Amy Redpath Roddick (May 16, 1868 - February 16, 1954) was the first-born child and only daughter of Ada Mills and John James Redpath. She became the second wife of Thomas Roddick on September 3, 1906.

Amy Redpath Roddick commissioned Grattan D. Thompson (1895-1971) to carry out the work on the monument.[1] In 1922, Gratton D. Thompson got married to Elizabeth Grace Redpath.

The Roddick Gates were formally opened by Amy Redpath Roddick on May 28, 1925. The four clocks and Westminster Quarters Strike was made by Seth Thomas and the four bells by Meneely Bell Foundry. In 2010 the clocks were (finally) repaired by Electric Time Company and rededicated.[2] [3] Two other significant buildings at McGill University bear the family name: the Redpath Library and the Redpath Museum.

In Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador, where Thomas Roddick was born, there is a Roddick fountain.

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