There’s a reason this city was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006. Montreal is one of the design capitals of the world, with a large chunk of its population working in the field, and it was the first city in North America to employ an official design commissioner. With all that creativity in the air, it’s no wonder why Montreal is also one of the coolest-looking cities we’ve ever seen. A little bit English, a little bit French, and a little bit something all its own, Montreal has given us plenty of imagery to fawn over, both past and present. Here, our favorite 14 photos that show just how stunning vintage Montreal is:
Ready to hit the ice. The Bank of Montreal hockey team, 1895. Photo courtesy of the McCord Museum.
All is calm on Gouin Boulevard in Sault-au-Récollect neighborhood. Photo, circa 1920, courtesy of the McCord Museum.
Perfectly poised for the picture in front of Chevra Kadisha Synagogue, circa 1910. Photo courtesy of the McCord Museum.
Montreal’s central substation on Wellington Street. “An indispensable role in the Montreal electric grid.” Circa 1920. Photo courtesy of Archives d’Hydro-Québec.
Workers load sacks of grain onto a ship. Photo, circa 1920, courtesy of the McCord Museum