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Library sources in urban planning - focus on Montreal

This guide lists a selection of the more important sources of information on Urban Planning - Focus on Montreal available at Concordia Library. It includes material held in the Webster Library (WEB) on the Sir George Williams Downtown Campus, and some at the Vanier Library (VAN) on the Loyola Campus and/or available online. This is not a complete list. Additional resources may be found by searching CLUES, the library catalogue.

Architecture & Urban Planning, General

L'architecture de Montréal : guide des styles et des bâtiments: REF NA 747 M65R44 1990 WEB.
French text. This book describes thirty architectural styles present in Montreal, giving examples of buildings for each with accompanying descriptions and photographs.

Atlas historique de Montreal: HT 169 C32M62 2002 WEB.
Atlas depicting the urban morphology of Montreal.

Atlas of Montreal: NA 9016 C3M65 1992 WEB.
A retrospective of the projects and studies produced between 1980 and 1990 by the Unité d’architecture urbaine – published by the Urban Architecture Unit – of the School of Architecture of the Université de Montréal. Illustrated.

City metaphors urban constructs: urban architecture in Montreal, 1980- 1990: NA 9016 C3M65 1992 WEB.
A retrospective of the projects and studies produced between 1980 and 1990 by the Unité d’architecture urbaine – published by the Urban Architecture Unit – of the School of Architecture of the Université de Montréal. Illustrated.

Le développement urbain viable à Montréal : quelques avenues de réflexion et d'action : rapport final: HT 243 C32M64 1990 VAN.
French Text. Proposes a model for “viable” city development and presents an overview of the state of urban planning at the time. Includes bibliography.

Grassroots, greystones, and glass towers : Montreal urban issues and architecture: HT 169 C32M645 1989 VAN.
Examines heritage, planning process, provincial & municipal poltics. Chapters cover Urban Development, Urban Space, Architecture, Heritage and Housing and deal with contemporary concerns. Includes black and white illustrations and an index.

Guide Montréal: un guide architectural et historique.: REF FC 2947.18 G74X 1983 WEB.
French text. Guide book with walking tours of several delineated areas of the city, for example old Montreal, downtown, the golden square mile, the Latin Quarter, and describing briefly the history and architecture for each.

Montréal at the crossroads : superhighways, the Turcot and the Environment: HT 169 C22M655 2009 WEB.
This volume provides an architectural and social analysis of the mansions of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, built between 1850 and 1930, including descriptions of more than forty individual buildings accompanied by photographs. Includes a bibliography.

Montreal in evolution : historical analysis of the development of Montreal's architecture and urban environment: NA 9130 M6M3713 1990 WEB.
Examines the development of architecture & the evolution of the urban environment in Montreal. Covers architectural styles in Montreal from the 16th to the late 20th century. Includes Illustrations and an extensive bibliography.

Montréal en évolution : historique du développement de l'architecture et de l'environnement urbain montréalais: NA 747 M65M36 1994 WEB.
French text. Third edition and revised edition. For the first English edition, consult Montreal in Evolution.

Montréal 2001: visages et défis d’une métropole: HT 169 C32M69 1998 WEB.
French text. Covers topics relating to the physical, human and economic geography of the region of Montreal, including historical perspectives. Short chapters by different authors, including bibliographies.

Montreal: geographical essays: FC 2947.3 M664 1981 WEB.
Published by Concordia’s Geography department. Topics include: green spaces, the port of Montreal, railways, early maps, Old Montreal, St-Denis street, working class housing.

Montreal metropolis, 1880-1930: NA 747 M65M66 1998 WEB.
Catalogue for exhibition at the Centre for Canadian Architecture. Discusses the evolution of socio-economic conditions, architecture and urban infrastructure during the years 1880-1930. Highly illustrated.

Montréal : the quest for a metropolis: FC 2947.3 G47 2000 WEB.
Examination of the history of urban planning Montreal, with focus on social and economic conditions.

Montréal: son histoire, son architecture. Vol 1-3: REF FC 2947.4 P55 1987 WEB.

Montréal: son histoire, son architecture. Vol 4-5: REF FC 2947.4 P55 1992 WEB.
French text. Gives an architectural description of hundreds of buildings and houses in the city and its suburbs.

Montréal et l'urbanisme, hier et aujourd'hui: HT 169 C32M6513 1990 WEB
French text. Discussion of urban planning in Montreal, both historical and present. Highly illustrated, particularly with maps, plans and bird’s eye views of the city and its various neighbourhoods.

Opening the gates of eighteenth-century Montréal: FC 2947.4 O64 1992 WEB
Catalogue for exhibition at the Centre for Canadian Architecture. Reviews the urban history of Montréal during the 18th century and focuses on “the fortifications, the structure of land use in the town, and the architecture of houses and institutions.” Includes illustrations, mainly of city plans, and a chronology.

Pignon sur rue: les quartiers de Montréal: 2947.5 B45 1991b WEB
French text. Describes the history, urban planning and architecture of various neighborhoods in the area of Montreal, for example the Plateau, Rosemont, Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Pointe-aux-Trembles. Highly Illustrated. Covers residential, public and commercial architecture.

Quartiers ouvriers d'autrefois, 1850-1950: FC 2918 S52 2004 WEB
French text. Mainly photographic work. Illustration and description of working-class neighbourhoods in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke.

Réussir Montréal : [city plan]: HT 169 Q4M67 1992 WEB
This document reviews the “orientations and strategies of the Montréal City Plan” of 1992. Chapter headings are: Montréal in Perspective; Major Orientations; Urban Activities; The Urban Environment; Transportation; Implementing the City Plan

Sauver Montréal : chroniques d'architecture et d'urbanisme: NA 747 M65M37 1990 WEB
French text. Compilation of articles, most appearing originally in Le Devoir, dealing with contemporary urban development and architecture in Montreal as well as related topics.

Types of Buildings

Les belles églises du Québec: NA 5246 Q4C76 1996 WEB
French text. Describes in images and text 40 Catholic churches found on the island of Montréal and built between the 18th and 20th century.

Church architecture in Montreal during the British-Colonial period 1760-1860: NA 5247 M6E67 1999 WEB
Thesis. ”By examining church production in Montreal during the period, those cultural imperatives inscribed by French, English, Scottish, Irish and American denominations become apparent. The assimilation of building traditions. . . was critical in determining the architectural character of Canada’s first metropolis.” Includes black and white illustrations and an extensive bibliography.

50 houses in and around Montreal : an album of measured drawings: NA 7243 M6A535 2005 WEB

Les gratte-ciel de Montréal: NA 6234 C2M6 1990 WEB
French text. Extensive history of skyscrapers in Montréal. Highly illustrated and includes a bibliography.

Montréal, la ville aux cent clochers : regards des Montréalais sur leurs lieux de culte: NA 5247 M65M66 2002 WEB
French text. Short introduction to churches and places of worship in Montreal. Surveys historical background, the communities these structures serve, highlighting the architecture and art of some communities. No index.

Répertoire d'architecture traditionnelle sur le territoire de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal
French text. This series is made up of inventories of pre-second-world-war buildings in Montreal of architectural interest. Entries for each building include photographs and usually short descriptions with a history of their construction and use.

Architectural Styles, Structures and Details

Les escaliers de Montréal: NA 3060 B78 1998 WEB
French text. Provides a brief social history of outdoor stairways in the city of Montréal. Mainly photographic work.

L'ornementation architecturale art deco à Montréal, 1925-40: NA 3513 M6D8 1990 WEB

Touches of fantasy on Montreal streets: NA 3513 M6M38 1977 WEB
Mainly photographic work. The volume is organized into sections focusing on particular architectural details; each section is accompanied by a short paragraph and depicts structures such as, for example, staircases, balconies, and façades. Each photograph is labelled with the location of the particular detail illustrated. Includes an index of locations.


A street called the Main: the story of Montreal's Boulevard Saint-Laurent: FC 2947.67 G75 1989 WEB

The Bank of Montreal building on Place d'Armes, 1845-1901 NA 6245 C32M6513 1999.

Du chemin du Roy à la rue Notre-Dame : mémoires et destins d'un axe est-ouest à Montréal : FC 2947.67 N67 2001 WEB
French Text. Highly illustrated. Includes bibliography.

Les édifices conventuels du Vieux Montréal : aspects ethno-historiques: FC 2947.7 L25X WEB

Frederick Law Olmsted's Mount Royal Park, Montreal: design and context: FC 2947.65 S44X 1983 WEB
Thesis. “The park plan is considered as a product of ideas current in urban development and aesthetics of the period, social and health requirements of the citizens. . . artistic and literary interpretations. . . and the architect’s experience. . .” Includes b & w illustrations and an extensive bibliography.

The major squares of Montreal: FC 2947.65 C4813 1990 WEB.
Highly illustrated. Includes Place d’Armes, Victoria Square, Viger Square and Dorchester Square. Includes bibliography.

Mansions of the Golden Square Mile, Montreal, 1850-1930: NA 7515 C2R4613 1987 WEB
This volume provides an architectural and social analysis of the mansions of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, built between 1850 and 1930, including descriptions of more than forty individual buildings accompanied by photographs. Includes a bibliography.

Montreal's Sherbrooke Street : the spine of the city: FC 2947.67 S62 2006 WEB

Other Sources of Information in Montreal

Heritage Montreal
100 Sherbrooke Street East
Suite 0500
Montreal H2X 1C3
Tel.: (514) 286-2662 ext. 21

The “Documentation Center is a unique reference library of heritage, planning, renovation, legislation and urban issues. It is open for students, media, professionals, homeowners, and general public research. Information files include various Montreal neighbourhoods, important buildings and places, newspaper clippings (architecture columns), etc." Please contact the centre for the hours of operation.

Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 Baile Street
Montreal H3H 2S6
Tel.: (514)939-7011

“The Library of the CCA is an international research collection devoted to the history of architecture and the built environment.” The library is open to researchers only after making an appointment by telephone at 514-939-7011. The library catalogue is available online.

Archives of Montreal
Salle de consultation Conrad-Archambault
275, Notre-Dame Est, bureau R.108
Montreal H2Y 1C6
Tel.: (514) 872-2615 or 872-1173

The archives are open for research from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Documents archived include photographs, official publications, newspaper clippings about the streets and important buildings of Montreal.

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