Montreal retains the old while building the new

Montreal has a tradition of maintaining the old when developing the new. Several buildings have retained original facades while scraping the sky. The old Seville cinema has been developed into condos; this is a trend that has caught fire recently. I suspect someone has done market research and can verify that all these condos will sell, but that’s another issue.

The current project is a city block in length and takes its name from the cinema although several buildings were razed for the new structure. I was pleased to see that amid all the new concrete and glass an almost altar-like tribute has been paid to the original bricks. They have added two windows at street level using the old bricks.

This is a photo of the block from the 1970s


This is the masonry used in the new building.



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