VIEW-15468 | Corner St. Catherine and Stanley Streets, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1915

Corner St. Catherine and Stanley Streets, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1915
Wm. Notman & Son
1915, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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St. Catherine West was the big commercial street in Montreal at the beginning of the 20th century. It was the heart of downtown of the metropolis of Canada. The street ran through the "Golden Mile," where the wealthiest Montrealers lived. St. Catherine was the street of the department stores - Morgan's, Simpson's, Goodwins - and luxury shops, such as Birks Jewelers.

But in a city that was profoundly polarized along social and linguistic lines, it was not the only downtown frequented by members of the elite and British or American tourists passing through the city. There was also a Francophone downtown - the one in the east end, on St. Catherine Street around St. Denis Street - with the Dupuis Frères store and various department stores, cinemas, and big pharmacies. Every Montreal neighbourhood also had its main street, with its retail businesses, its movie theatres, its restaurants, and its small specialized shops. These streets were the centres of urban life, and were often marked by the presence of immigrants from Eastern Europe and Italy.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)