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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Reconstruct the Past in Montreal


3. What to Do

Start in the old city for an architectural trip through time. Saint-Sulpice Seminary (130 rue Notre-Dame Ouest) was completed in 1687 and is the oldest building in Montreal. Nearby Notre-Dame Basilica is a Gothic revival, and Montreal City Hall (Hôtel de ville; 275 rue Notre-Dame Est), a Beaux-Arts landmark. Fast-forward a century and you’ll see the Biosphère, part of the United States Pavilion exhibition at Expo 67. Also from the expo, Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67 still houses people in its 354 cubes. Atelier BUILD won the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome in 2004 for its take on contemporary housing in the Plateau district with structures called the Thin House, Twin House, Back House, and Box House. Frederick Law Olmsted's Mount Royal Park and the 185-acre Montréal Botanical Garden are the city's finest examples of landscape architecture. At sunset, have a drink at Verses for a panoramic view of it all.

Published on Nov 6, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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