Burnside Hall

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Burnside Hall, view from the Roddick Gates
Burnside, James McGill's house

Burnside Hall is a thirteen-floor building on downtown campus of McGill University in Montreal. It is named after the Montreal estate of James McGill, the university's founder.[1]


The second tallest building on the McGill Campus, Burnside Hall was completed in 1970. It was designed in the Brutalist style,[2] by Marshall, Merrett and Associates. Many McGill students consider the building to be ugly as a result of its very simple "totalitarian" design, and the gradually decaying cement.[citation needed]


Burnside is home to the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, the Department of Geography, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Network and Communications Services, the Walter Hitschfeld Geographic Information Centre the Edward Rosenthall Mathematics and Statistics Library, and Security Services.


  1. ^ Burnside Hall on the McGill Math Department site
  2. ^ Josefsson, Kira (March 23, 2009). "Rethinking raw concrete". McGill Daily. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 45°30′17″N 73°34′30″W / 45.5047°N 73.5749°W / 45.5047; -73.5749