Montreal – New York Life Insurance Building

511, Place d’Armes

Next to the reduced version of the empire state building, the old red sandstone clock tower building on Place D’Armes is known as the New York Life Insurance Building despite having changed name over time.  It was constructed between 1887 and 1889 and it has some nice entrance details. The red stones, which differs from the standard grey limestone, were actually imported from Scotland. Built for office rental, the city’s best lawyers and financiers elected this place as their principal place of business.  At the time of its construction, the eight floor construction was the tallest commercial building in Montreal.  The building had a large legal library at its top floors and presented advanced features for the time: electricity and an elevator. One of the clock arms is ornamented with a sun and moon.

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