Saint-Louis Square

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Saint Louis Square
French: square Saint-Louis
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Saint Louis Square, looking east from Laval Street, fountain in the distance, 2005.
Saint-Louis Square is located in Montreal
Saint-Louis Square
Type Town square
Location Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°31′01″N 73°34′12″W / 45.517015°N 73.569968°W / 45.517015; -73.569968Coordinates: 45°31′01″N 73°34′12″W / 45.517015°N 73.569968°W / 45.517015; -73.569968
Created 1876
Operated by City of Montreal

Saint Louis Square (officially in French: square Saint-Louis) is an urban square in Montreal's Plateau Mont Royal. Its eastern edge fronts onto Saint Denis Street, a major north-south artery. Square Saint Louis Street runs along both the square's northern and southern sides, while Laval Avenue runs along its western side.

The square is located on the site of the city's former reservoir, which was in use until 1852, after which it was replaced by the McTavish reservoir following the Great Fire of 1852. The square was created in 1876 and was named for two businessmen, brothers Emmanuel Saint-Louis and Jean-Baptiste Saint-Louis.[1][2]

The Project for Public Spaces has called the square "the closest thing to a European neighbourhood square you'll find this side of the Atlantic."[3]

Structures[edit]

The square features a Victorian fountain as its centrepiece.[3] A bust of Octave Crémazie was unveiled on June 24, 1906, designed by Louis-Philippe Hébert, near the home of Émile Nelligan, which faces the square.[4] Nelligan himself was honoured with a bust in the square 99 years later, on June 7, 2005, designed by Roseline Granet.[5]

Surrounding buildings[edit]

Detail of Victorian row houses facing the square, fall 2011.

The square is also notable for the Victorian-style residences that face the park.[1] The Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois is based in one such structure on Laval Street, which had been the residence of Claude Jutra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Le Plateau historique". L’Avenue du Mont-Royal (in French). Société de Développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Square Saint-Louis". A View on Cities. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Square St. Louis". Project for Public Spaces. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "P-0000.859.6 | Cremazie Monument, St. Louis Square, Montreal, QC, about 1910". Website. McCord Museum. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Monument of Émile Nelligan". Public art in Montreal. City of Montreal. Retrieved 1 January 2012.