Canada Life Building, Montreal

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Not to be confused with Canada Life Building.
Canada Life Building
Canada Life Assurance building Montreal 1897.jpg
Photo of the then-new building, 1897
General information
Status Complete
Address 275 Saint Jacques Street
Town or city Montreal, Quebec
Country Canada
Design and construction
Architect Richard A. Waite
Type Immeuble patrimonial classé
Designated 2002-09-10
Part of Montreal Heritage Site
Reference no. 93433

The Canada Life Building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada was completed in 1895 by Buffalo, New York architect Richard Waite and is an example of a first-generation skyscraper.[citation needed]

Located in the heart of what was once Canada's financial capital on St. James Street, in what is now Old Montreal, the Canada Life Building was the first in Montreal to utilize an eight-storey steel structure.[1]


  • Rémillard, François, Old Montreal — A Walking Tour, Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1992

Coordinates: 45°30′10″N 73°33′34″W / 45.5029°N 73.5595°W / 45.5029; -73.5595