Part II Of Windsor Station, Montreal, Que. (In Color)

I decided to re-visit Windsor Station with the XP1 today.  When I last shot Windsor Station, I used the X10 & did it in B&W.

For some reason, I did not feel the vibe today.  There was a Christmas tree in front of the main doors and around the tree, there was this little red fence.  The whole thing just did not fit in with the architecture and I feel that it threw things off a bit.

Honestly, I do prefer it in black & white.

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Some Old RAW Files

It’s a rainy day here today, so no photo treks for me.  Instead, I decided to search around on one of my hard drives and I found a folder with some old RAW files in it.

It’s pretty rare for me to have RAW files saved.  As a matter of fact, it’s pretty rare that I shoot in RAW.  Anyhow, the RAW files that I found, were shot with my D80 and a 35mm Nikon G lens.  They are of downtown Montreal.

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Doors Of Justice (Edifice Ernest-Cormier)

I have always liked the front doors of the Court of Appeals in Montreal.  They are very intimidating and powerful.  The pillars in front of the doors, further enhance these two characteristics.

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The building is located on Notre Dame street and the actual name of the building is Edifice Ernest-Cormier.  It was the second courthouse in Montreal to bear the name of Palais de Justice de Montreal.

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The building was build between 1922 and 1926.  Ernest Cormier was one of three architects who designed the building and after he died in 1980, the building was named after him.

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Windsor Station, Montreal, Que.

The following photos were taken with my X-10.

If there is one building that I love to go inside of, it is Windsor Station.  It really does take you back in time and you can just “feel” Canada here.  CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) has left the station hall open to the public; therefore, you can go in at any time and appreciate a historic building that dates back to 1889.

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During WWII, CPR pretty much gave up all it’s resources to the war effort & the Canadian government.  Windsor station became the starting point for many a soldiers, airmans and sailors journey into the hell that is war.  Just knowing that thousands of men went through this train station and never came back, is very sobering.

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The walls of the station are constructed with grey limestone, which was mined from a quarry in Montreal.  The architecture is considered to be Richardsonian Romanesque.

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Back in 1970, we nearly lost Windsor Station when CPR had the grand idea of tearing it down and erecting a 60-storey office building in it’s place.  Because of numerous delays, the project never made it out of the architects office.

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Another interesting fact, is the expansion of the station in 1916.  This expansion included the building of a 15 storey tower, which dramatically changed the skyline of Montreal.  Just think, back in 1916, there was nothing over 15 floors high!

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Unfortunately, because of changing times, rail traffic started to slow down in the mid 1980’s and was completely stopped because of the construction of the Bell Centre, which began in 1993.  Today’s Bell Centre sits on the site where all the rail lines came into Windsor station.  The only rail traffic that comes in now, is the AMT and those trains stop in front of the Bell Centre on the western side of the building.

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Even more unfortunate, was the fact that CPR packed it’s bags in 1996 and headed West to Calgary in order to relocate it’s headquarters.  Some people may dispute this, but the reason behind can no doubt have been because of the political climate in Quebec and the fact that a referendum on sovereignty just occurred one year earlier.  CPR were not the only ones who left town.

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Reflections

On my walk around downtown on Sunday, i walked past Atrium Le 1000 and something caught my eye.  I looked to my left and I saw some beautiful reflections on all the glass of the office building.

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These first two photos are of reflections of the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

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This last one is a reflection of the Queen Elisabeth Hotel.

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The IBM Building, Montreal, Que.

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It is not called the “IBM Building” anymore; but for those who remember it going up, will always know it as the IBM building.  These days, it is simply known as 1250 Rene Levesque.  Kind of plain Jane if you ask me.  These photos were taken with the X-E1.

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The building was completed in 1992 and consists of 47 floors, making the building 756 feet tall (with antenna).  The antenna at the top of the building, is 101 feet tall.

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The building is now owned and operated by Oxford Properties and IBM does still partially occupy the office space inside.  There are 28 elevators inside to serve the 47 floors and those floors add up to 1,025,120 sq ft of office space/area.

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I liked shooting here because of all the glass and clean lines the building has.  The greenery that is at the side of the building adds a nice touch to the structure, not to mention a nice place to have a break from the grind of the day.

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