Bank of Montreal Head Office, Montreal

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Bank of Montreal's main Montreal branch at Place d'Armes in Montreal.

The Bank of Montreal's Head Office is located on Saint Jacques Street in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, across the Place d'Armes from Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica. The Bank of Montreal is the oldest bank in Canada, founded in 1817. Despite the name of this office, the operational head office of the Bank of Montreal was moved to Toronto in 1977 due to political instability in Quebec.

The centrepiece of the complex is the Bank's Montreal Main Branch, a Pantheon-like building built by John Wells in 1847. The building was inspired by the design of the former headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.[1]

The building is in neoclassical style. The sculpted pediment of the building was done by Sir John Steell. Enlargements to the building were made in 1901–1905 by the New York City firm of McKim, Mead and White.[2]

Bank of Montreal Museum[edit]

The Bank of Montreal Museum features exhibits about the history of the bank, including a 19th-century teller's window, photos, coins and banknotes, cheques and mechanical piggybanks. The displays are located in the passage between the old building and the current head office. The museum is open during regular bank hours and admission is free.[3]


See also[edit]

Other bank buildings in Montreal:

Other BMO buildings:


  1. ^ Epstein, Clarence. "John Wells". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Rue Saint-Jacques, Old Montreal Web site
  3. ^ "Bank of Montreal Museum". Montreal Tourism. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  • Rémillard, François, Old Montreal — A Walking Tour, Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1992

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Coordinates: 45°30′18″N 73°33′28″W / 45.5049°N 73.5579°W / 45.5049; -73.5579