Category : Dick Nieuwendyk

Craig piano factory

By Dick Nieuwendyk In Canada, piano building grew into a major industry during the period from 1890 to 1925.In the early 19th century, as demand for musical instruments increased withthe growing population, it became apparent that the importing of instrumentssuch as ...

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Montreal’s old courthouse

by  Dick Nieuwendyk   Along the north side of Notre-Dame East near Jacques-Cartier Square, three courthouses stand together. The most interesting is the neoclassical Old Courthouse, Montreal’s oldest palace of justice (1856) which is now an annex of the Montreal City Hall, ...

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Corona Theatre

by Dick Nieuwendyk The Corona Theatre, first known as the ”Family Theatre”, was designed by Montréal architects Joseph Cajetan Dufort and Louis-Théophile Décary, and built in 1912 for the Duchess Amusement Co. Unlike the theatre and opera for the elite in those ...

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Robbie Burns night

By Dick Nieuwendyk Last Saturday the Dorval Royal Canadian Legion Branch 245 with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort St. Helen’s Garrison, and some 100 lads and lassies celebrated the life and works of Robbie Burns with a supper in honour of ...

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Maisonneuve city hall

by Dick Nieuwendyk Before it was incorporated as a municipality in 1883, Maisonneuve was just another quiet village on the outskirts of Montreal. But a group of local landowners had big plans for the new town. Twenty years later it was “The ...

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Montreal Municipal Court

by Dick Nieuwendyk   In the early 1900’s, the City of Montreal had plans to build a municipal courthouse on Gosford Street, east of the Champs-de-Mars.Construction of the building, also known as the City Hall Annex, was entrusted to the firm of ...

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Jean-Talon CPR Station

by Dick Nieuwendyk     Designed by architect Colin Drewitt for Canadian Pacific Railways (C.P.R.), the Jean-Talon station, also known as the Park Avenue Station opened in 1931. It was inaugurated in the presence of Camilien Houde, the mayor of Montreal at the time. ...

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Strathcona Hall

by Dick Nieuwendyk   Strathcona Hall was designed and constructed in 1904 by Montreal architects Samuel Arnold Finley and David Jerome Spence. The funds for this building was a gift from Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, a wealthy Scottish-born Canadian, ...

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