History of Montreal, its architecture and its architects

Castonguay, Stéphane and Michèle Dagenais, ed., Metropolitan natures: Environmental Histories of Montreal, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011.

Choko, Marc H., The Major Squares of Montreal, Montreal, Meridian Press, 1990.

Demchinsky, Brian ed., Grassroots, Greystones and GlassTowers: Montreal Urban Issues and Architecture, Montreal, Véhicule Press, 1989.

Demchinsky, Bryan and Elaine Kalman Naves, Storied Streets: Montreal in the Literary Imagination, Toronto, McFarlane Walter & Ross, 2000.

Dunton, Nancy and Helen Malkin, Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal, Vancouver, Douglas & McIntyre, 2008.

Forget, Madeleine and Gilles Lauzon, Old Montreal: History through Heritage, Montreal, Les Publications du Québec, 2004.

Germain, Annick and Damaris Rose, Montréal The Quest for a Metropolis, Chichester, Wiley, 2000.

Gournay, Isabelle, Ernest Cormier and the Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1990.

Gournay, Isabelle and France Vanlaethem, Montreal Metropolis, 1880-1930, Montreal, Boréal, 1994.

Grénier, Cécile and Joshua Wolfe, Discover Montreal, Montreal,Libre Expression, 1990.

Gruft, Andrew, Substance Over Spectacle, Vancouver, Arsenal Pulp Press / Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2005.

Hanna, David B., Montreal, a city built by small builders, 1867-1880, Montreal, McGill University, 1986.

Lambert, Phyllis and Alan Stewart, Opening the Gates of Eighteenth-Century Montreal, Montreal, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1992.

Linteau, Paul-André, The Promoter’s City: Building the IndustrialTown of Maisonneuve 1883-1918, James Lorimer & Co., Montreal, 1985.

Lortie, André, The 60s: Montreal Thinks Big, Montreal, Canadian Centre for Architecture / Douglas & McIntyre, 2004.

Marsan, Jean-Claude, Montreal in evolution: Historical analysis of the development of Montreal’s architecture and urban environment, Montreal, Méridien, 1981.

Vanlaethem, France and Danielle Doucet, Sophie Mankowski, Conrad Gallant Discovering Modern Montreal and the Estérel Resort in Quebec, Brussels, CIVA, 2007.

Wagg, Susan, Percy Erskine Nobbs, Architect, Artist, Craftsman, Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1982.

Wagg, Susan, he Architecture of Sir Andrew Thomas Taylor, Montreal's Square Mile and Beyond, Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013.

Wolfe, Jeanne M. and Francois Dufaux, ed. A Topographic Atlas of Montreal, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, 1992.



For 1950s/1960s/1970s Architecture Batiment Construction

For 1980s to 2013 ARQ

Canadian Architect






Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile, open Wed. to Fri.
(by appointment 514-939-7011 or e-mail

Université de Montréal – Faculté de l’aménagement, 2940 Côte  Ste. Catherine

Grande Bibliothèque, 475 de Maisonneuve East

Heritage Montreal documentation centre, 100 Sherbrooke East, Su. 0050
(by appointment only 514-286-2662)



City of Montreal

Old Montreal

Master plans for Montreal boroughs > arrondissement > urbanisme

Montreal archives

Brève histoire de Montréal by Paul-André Linteau is available online in both
English and French - the best short history of Montreal illustrated with images and drawings from 20 different Montreal archives

Montréal Municipalité et Métropole : 1920-1960 301 photographies

Databases on Montreal’s built heritage

includes :
Grand repertoire du patrimoine bâti de Montréal built heritage directory
L’ensemble des propriétés municipales de Montréal
Le patrimoine du Vieux-Montréal
La toponymie

L’histoire des grandes rues montréalaises > Index A-Z > A > Archives de Montreal > L’histoire des grandes rues montréalaises

Office de consultations publics de Montréal
for information on projects currently in public consultation and archives of projects from 2002-2009:

Réalisons Montréal : Montréal ville UNESCO de design
Design Montréal – particularly for Cahiers des bonnes pratiques en design

Site official du Mont-Royal
See Les inventaires for information on buildings on the flanks of Mount Royal

Repertoire du patrimoine culturel de Québec
Province-wide repertory

Maps and information on metro station architecture

and Montreal by Metro, the unofficial site - metro station architecture

McGill University

includes (among others):
Expo 67
Canadian Architect and Builder
Industrial Architecture of Montreal
Hospital Architecture of Montreal

Walter Hitschfeld Geographic Information Centre
Montreal maps online

Canadian Architecture Collection
for archives of Montreal architects including biographies

Virtual McGill
for information on McGill buildings

Université de Montréal

Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec
primary resource for online access to many historic Montreal maps

Heritage Montreal
and website on 13 different neighbourhoods available in English

Canadian Centre for Architecture

McCord Museum
particularly online version of Montreal Points of View permanent exhibition
Notman Collection

Architecture moderne au Québec et ailleurs – includes list of publications and downloadable audioguides on Expo 67 and Modernist Montreal

The following are included for reference and are available in French only:

Benoît, Michèle and Roger Gratton, Pignon sur rue: Les quartiers de Montréal,
Montréal, Les éditions Guérin, 1991.

Bergeron, Claude,  Architectures du XXe siècle au Québec, Québec, Musée de la civilisation / Les Éditions du Méridien, 1989.

Bergeron, Claude, D’Astous, Québec, Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2001.

Communauté urbaine de Montréal, Service de la planification du territoire, Répertoire d’architecture traditionnelle sur le territoire de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal, in 10 volumes, Montréal, 1981-1990.

Drouin, Martin Le combat du patrimoine à Montréal (1973-2003), Québec, Les Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2007.

Forget, Madeleine, Les Gratte-Ciel de Montréal, Montréal, Les Éditions du Méridien, 1990.

Leduc, Maryse and Denys Marchand, Les maisons de Montréal, Ministère des Affaires culturelles et Ville de Montréal, 1992.

Lachapelle, Jacques, Le Fantasme Métropolitain : L'architecture de Ross et Macdonald, Montréal, Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2001.

Legault, Réjean, « Pour une définition de l'architecture… » : Melvin Charney et la modernité architecturale dans les années 1960, Trames no. 15, Architecture et modernité : 25-52

Ordre des architectes du Québec, Parcours commenté d’une architecture gagnante : Prix d’excellence en architecture 2007, OAQ, Montréal, 2007.

Pinard, Guy, Montréal : Son histoire, son architecture, Montréal, Les Éditions de La Presse and Les Éditions du Méridien, 1987-1995.

Robert, Jean-Claude, Atlas Historique de Montréal, Montréal, Éditions Libre Expression, 1994.

Vanlaethem, France Patrimoine en devenir: L'architecture moderne du Québec, Les Publications du Québec, Québec, 2012.