Stanley Street (Montreal)

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Stanley Street
French: rue Stanley
Length 1 km (1 mi)
Location Between Doctor Penfield Avenue and Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue
Coordinates 45°29′59″N 73°34′28″W / 45.49967°N 73.574308°W / 45.49967; -73.574308
Inauguration 1845

Stanley Street (officially in French: rue Stanley) is a north-south street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It links Doctor Penfield Avenue in the north and De la Gauchetière Street in the south. Molson's Bank was located on the street and at one time employed Joachim von Ribbentrop.[citation needed]


The intersection of Stanley Street and Saint Catherine Street in 1930.
Corner of St Catherine and Stanley Streets looking east (1915)

Stanley Street opened in 1845, and was named for Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799–1869), the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies at the time (and later Prime Minister of the United Kingdom). The name was chosen by James Smith and Duncan Fisher, and was designated on August 23, 1845.[1][2]

Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, second son of Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, and later Lord Stanley of Preston, was the 6th Governor General of Canada, in office from 11 June 1888 – 18 September 1893.

From the 1970s, the street had been the centre of Montreal's gay village.[3] Open since 1974 and still operating from its basement location on Stanley Street until its closing in 2009, the gay bar Le Mystique was raided by police in 1976, leading to riots. Starting in the early 1980s, Montreal's gay village relocated further east.


  1. ^ Ville de Montréal, Les rues de Montréal, Répertoire historique. Éditions du Méridien. 1995, p. 464 (in French)
  2. ^ "Rue Stanley". Fiche descriptive. Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Andrea Zanin. "The Village Comes Out: A Quick History". Retrieved 2008-03-28. 

Coordinates: 45°29′59″N 73°34′28″W / 45.49967°N 73.574308°W / 45.49967; -73.574308