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Montreal’s elite settles away from the old town in an upscale area: The Golden Square Mile. At this time various types of dwellings are constructed:

Bungalow-type dwellings (1840) reflect the gorgeousness period of the community where wealthy merchants display their notoriety; these great homes are laid-out on large landscaped grounds.

Row houses (1890-1915) are of Italian, British and Scottish influence. They are built according to a general plan and are characterized by their slight withdrawal from the street. Built in limestone or in red sandstone, they are adorned by gables, attics, oriel windows and turrets.

Abutting houses, residential, built from a plan and individually ornamented, they are separated by a common wall.

Apartment houses (1910-1955), The Sherbrooke built in 1889 is the first apartment house in Montreal (at the corner of Crescent Street and Sherbrooke). Between 1920 and 1930, the Château and the Acadia highlight the noble character of Sherbrooke Street.

After World War II, a commercial phenomenon spreads along Bishop, Crescent and de la Montagne streets, thereby linking the very commercial St-Catherine Street with the prestigious Sherbrooke Street.

The 60′s see many architectural changes as many buildings are torn down to create routes better suited for traffic and facilitating the implementation of the metro. Large apartment houses and commercial skyscrapers are built. These towers are characterized by the use of reinforced concrete.

Most of these magnificent dwellings still highlight this quaint area, today called the Museum Quarter.