List of tallest buildings in Montreal

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Skyscrapers in Downtown Montreal viewed from the Champlain Bridge in 2013.

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Montreal that ranks skyscrapers in the Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec, by height. There are currently 42 buildings and structures in Montreal greater than 100 m (328 ft). The tallest building in the city is the 51-storey, 205-metre-tall (673 ft) 1000 de la Gauchetière.

Municipal regulations forbid any building from exceeding the height of Mount Royal, or 233 m (764 ft) above mean sea level.[1] Above-ground height is further limited in most areas and a minority of the downtown land plots are allowed to contain buildings exceeding 120 metres in height.[2] The maximum limit is currently attained by 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, the latter of which is shorter, but built on higher ground. To build higher than 1000 de La Gauchetière while respecting this limit would be to build on the lowest part of downtown; the maximum height there would be approximately 210 metres.[2]

The history of skyscrapers in Montreal began with the completion of the eight-storey tall New York Life Insurance Building in 1888.[3] Most high-rise construction in Montreal occurred in two periods: the late 1920s to the early 1930s and then from the early 1960s to the early 1990s.

A recent trend has seen the rate of highrise construction in the city rise to the third fastest in North America after Toronto and New York.[4] Recently completed are the are the 50-storey (184 m) L'Avenue, 50-storey (167 m) Tour des Canadiens, 40-storey (147 m) phase 1 of Roccabella. And still under construction are the 39-storey (146 m) Icône, and 40-storey Tom Condos (122 m).

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Montreal skyscrapers that stand at least 122 metres (400 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes architectural details but does not include spires or antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the Tour de Montréal.

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year Notes
1 1000 de La Gauchetière
1000 de La Gauchetière
205 (673) 51 1992 This is the tallest building in Montreal by roof height and tallest in Canada east of Toronto. It reaches the maximum height allowed by the city within viewing distance of the Mount Royal look off point.
2 1250 René-Lévesque
1250 René-Lévesque
199 (653) 47 1992 Originally known as the IBM-Marathon Tower. With its spire included it measures 226 m (743 ft).
3 Tour de la Bourse
Tour de la Bourse
194 (637) 47 1964 The tallest building in Canada until completion of the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower in Toronto. The tallest reinforced concrete building in the world until the completion of Lake Point Tower in Chicago. The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1960s.[5][6]
4 Place Ville-Marie
Place Ville-Marie
188 (617) 47 1962 The tallest building in Canada until completion of the Tour de la Bourse.[7][8]
5 CIBC Tower
CIBC Tower
187 (614) 45 1962 With its antenna included it measures 250 m (820 ft). The tallest building in Canada and the whole British Commonwealth when completed in 1962. Surpassed within a year by Place Ville-Marie.[9][10]
6 L/Avenue 184 (603) 50 2017 The tallest residential tower in Montreal,and the tallest residential tower in Canada east of Toronto. It contains 304 condominum apartments, along with an important mixed use component; a Provigo branded grocery store, four office floors, and ground floor retail.

[11]

N/A Tour de Montréal
Tour de Montréal
175 (574) 20 1987 The Tour de Montréal is the tallest inclined tower in the world.[12][N 1]
7 Tour des Canadiens
Tour des Canadiens
167 (548) 50 2016 Topped out.[13]
8 1501 McGill College
1501 McGill College
158 (519) 36 1992 [14][15]
9 Complexe Desjardins South Tower
Complexe Desjardins South
152 (499) 40 1976 The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1970s.[16][17]
10 Roccabella
Roccabella
147 (482) 40 2016 Topped out.
11= Icône
Icône
146 (479) 39 2016 Topped out.
11= KPMG Tower
KPMG Tower
146 (479) 34 1987 Originally known as Maison des Coopérants and later as Place de la Cathédrale. The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1980s.[18][19]
13 Marriott Château Champlain
Marriott Château Champlain
139 (454) 36 1967 Tallest hotel in Montreal.[20][21]
14 Le V / Courtyard Marriott Hotel Le V 138 (453) 40 2014 [22][23]
15 Telus Tower
Telus Tower
136 (445) 34 1962 Originally known as CIL House.[24][25]
16 Bell Media Tower
Bell Media Tower
134 (440) 34 1988 Originally known as Montreal Trust Place and Maison Astral.[26][27]
17= 500 Place D'Armes
Le Tour de la Banque Nationale
133 (435) 32 1968 Originally known as Tour Banque Canadienne Nationale.[28][29]
18= Deloitte Tower
The Deloitte Tower
133 (435) 26 2015 [30]
19 Complexe Desjardins East Tower
Complexe Desjardins Tour Est
130 (427) 32 1976 [31][32]
20= Scotia Tower
Scotia Tower
128 (420) 29 1990 [33][34]
21= National Bank Tower
TourBanqueNationale-1.jpg
128 (420) 28 1983 National Bank Tower and 700 de la Gauchetière are the tallest twin towers in Montreal.[35][36]
22= 700 de la Gauchetière
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128 (420) 28 1983 Le 700 de la Gauchetière and Tour de la Banque Nationale are the tallest twin towers in Montreal. Previously known as Bell Canada Tower.[37][38]
23= 1000 Sherbrooke West
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128 (420) 28 1974 [39][40]
24 Terminal Tower
Tour Terminal.JPG
125 (410) 30 1966 [41][42]
25 Altitude Montreal
Altitude Montreal
124 (407) 33 2013 Was the tallest residential building in Canada east of Toronto until 2016.[43][44]
26 Sun Life Building
Sun Life Building
122 (400) 26 1931 The tallest building in Montreal from 1931 until the completion of Tour CIBC in 1962. The tallest building in the city completed prior to the 1960s.[45][46]
27 Le Port Royal
Le Port Royal
122 (400) 33 1964 [47][48]

Tallest under construction, proposed, and approved[edit]

Under construction[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are under construction in Montreal and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 Tour des Canadiens 2 (West tower) 170 / 557 47 2019 Began construction in September 2016.
2 Roccabella (East Tower) 147 / 482 40 2017 Topped out.
2 Roccabella (West Tower) 147 / 482 40 2016 Began construction September 2016
4 Icône (Phase 1) 146 / 479 39 2016 Topped out.
5 Tom Condos 122 / 400 40 2016 Began construction in June 2014.
6 Holiday Inn Montreal 120 / 393 37 2016 Topped out.
7 YUL Condos 120 / 393 38 2017 Began construction in November 2014.
8 Maison Manuvie 114 / 374 28 2019 Began construction in April 2015.
9 AC Hotel Montreal 110 / 393* 34 2017 Began construction in May 2015
10 Le Peterson 105 / 344 31 2016 Topped out.

Approved[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are approved in Montreal and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 Tour Quartier des Spectacles 145 / 476 31 2017 Looking for tenants.
2 Waldorf Astoria Montreal 120 / 393 32 After 2020 Stale proposal. Likely cancelled.[49][50]
3 Îcone (Phase 2) 107 / 351 27 2018 Mixed-use, hotel and condos.

Proposed[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that have been proposed, but not approved yet, in Montreal and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 975 Lucien-L'allier ? 50 2017 To be announced soon.
2 750 Peel (2 towers) 180/130 & 590/426 35 2017 To be announced soon.
3 Humaniti 120 / 393 39 2019 To be announced soon.
4 650 Peel (3 towers) 120 / 393* 35 2017 To be announced soon.
5 Maison Alcan Tower 120 / 393 30 2018 Mixed-use, hotel and condos.
6 1000-1006 de la Montagne ? 28 2018 Hotel

* denotes an estimation in height.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Notre Dame Basilica was the tallest building in Montreal from its construction in 1829 to 1928.
The Royal Bank Building, the tallest building in Montreal from 1928 to 1931 and the first building to exceed the Notre-Dame Basilica in height.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Montreal.

Name Street address Years as tallest # of Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference
Notre Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West 1829–1928 99 years 69 / 226 7 [51][52]
Royal Bank Building 360 Saint Jacques Street West 1928–1931 3 years 121 / 397 22 [53][54]
Sun Life Building 1155 Metcalfe Street 1931–1962 31 years 122 / 400 26 [45][46]
Tour CIBC 1155 René Lévesque Boulevard West 1962 <1 year 187 / 614 45 [9][10]
Place Ville Marie 1 Place Ville-Marie 1962–1964 2 years 188 / 617 47 [7][8]
Tour de la Bourse 800 Victoria Square 1964–1992 28 years 194 / 637 47 [5][6]
1000 de La Gauchetière 1000 De La Gauchetière Street West 1992–present 23 years (current) 205 / 673 51 [55][56]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Tour de Montréal is not a habitable building, but is included in this list for comparative purposes. Per a ruling by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding observation towers are not considered to be buildings, as they are not fully habitable structures.

References[edit]

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