July 25th, 2007

Illicit Rooftop Views

Posted in Canada by Christopher DeWolf




I took these photos from the roof of an abandoned grain silo on St. Patrick Street in Point St. Charles, right next to the Lachine Canal. I was there, in the company of two Montrealers who have snuck up to dozens of roofs over the past few years, for an article that will appear soon in the Gazette.

To access the roof, we climbed up a series of six metal ladders in a large concrete shaft filled with mysterious black sand. The effort was worth it: there is something serene about being alone on a roof with the city spread out before you. We shared a bottle of port and listened to tinny music on portable speakers.

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  1. controleman says:

    Any date for the article? Could it be Karl Harrisson?

    *This is a sugar silo (Redpath) and the black sand is burned bones. Apparently they use it..

    Sorry for the double comment..

    July 25th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

  2. NT says:

    Were you hanging out with those UEM guys? I know in the past they somehow managed to get into Carlu’s 9th floor resto in the old Eaton’s, & I sure as hell can’t figure out how, because I’ve tried several times.

    July 25th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

  3. Liza says:

    I too was wondering if it was with Karl Harrisson. These nighttime shots show a secret city.

    July 27th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

  4. endhits says:

    Those are great shots. Any chance of sending me a higher-res one for me background? :)

    July 28th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

  5. Christopher DeWolf says:

    Quick update: the silo will now be converted into a climbing gym.

    February 6th, 2012 at 4:54 am