Then and Now #1: The Windsor Hotel

Windsor Hotel, then and now

In the top photo, taken in August 1936, the grand Windsor Hotel sits at the corner of Peel and Dorchester in downtown Montreal. By 2004, at the same corner (Dorchester now renamed René-Lévesque), the Windsor Hotel was no more, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce tower rising in its place.

The major part of the hotel burned down just before New Year’s Day 50 years ago, and was replaced by the starkly modern CIBC tower, finished in 1962. Only the annex survived, visible beyond the CIBC tower; it has since been converted into high-priced retail and office spaces.

Gazette clipping, 1957

1936 photo: Ville de Montréal. Gestion des documents et archives.
Newspaper clipping from the Montreal Gazette, December 31, 1957

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