Saint Urbain Street
|French: rue Saint-Urbain|
Saint Urbain Street in Downtown Montreal.
|South end||Saint-Antoine Street|
|North end||Gouin Boulevard|
Saint Urbain Street (French: rue Saint-Urbain) is a major one-way street located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The street was originally built by Urbain Tessier (c. 1624–1689), a farmer and carpenter who settled in the area. The name also makes reference to Saint Urbain.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the street was home to several of Montreal's prominent British and French merchants, notably the explorer Alexander Henry the elder. By the turn of the 20th century, the area was industrialised and had become run down, when it was settled by Jews, predominantly from Eastern Europe. Writer Mordecai Richler immortalised the area as a centre of the Jewish community in Montreal, and he documented what life was like on this street in novels such as St. Urbain's Horseman.
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