Project 365 – Day 60: Public Clocks in Vieux Montréal
Feb 29 2012
Since today was an extra day I decided to concentrate on a single theme – TIME.
Most of the clocks included in this quick review of clocks to be found in Montreal are in and around the old port – give one or 2 exceptions. The one selected as photo of the day is the clock on City Hall (rue Notre Dame) photographed from Place Jacques Cartier. I was quite pleased how the bokeh came out on this one.
I grabbed another shot of the City Hall clock, taken from the elevated walkway on the Quai Jacques Cartier so as to include the Hotel Nelson in the shot.
I couldn’t do a post of clocks in the Old Port without including a shot of the Clock Tower on the Quai de l’Horlage. I was hoping to get a shot of it lit up, but was a bit early and was in a rush.
At the other end of the Old Port is the Museum of Archaeology and History – with another clock to shoot.
Close by to the museum on rue de la Commune is the 357C private members club run by local businessman Daniel Langlois’ Art Foundation.
On rue McGill opposite Place d’Youville is the Grand Trunk Railway building which I noticed has a nicely decorated clock.
I actually photographed the following clock on the corner of rue Saint Jacques and rue Saint Pierre at the start of my clock hunting walk, but passed it again when it was lit and saw it reflecting in the window, so decided to grab another shot – as if I didn’t already have enough clocks.
Along rue Saint Paul I found a few more clocks for the photo collection.
On Place d’armes there are 2 specific clocks I wanted to capture. The first is on the Saint Sulpice Seminary (next to Notre Dame Cathederal).
The second clock on Place d’Armes is on the beautiful New York Life building – which when built in 1888 was the tallest building in Canada. Another clock with the wrong time.
Next door to the New York Life is the wonderful Art Deco style Aldred building. I hadn’t noticed the clock over the entrance before, but guess tonight I was hyper sensitive to ticking clocks – But maybe not in this case since it looks like it needs winding up (or a new battery).
The French newspaper – LaPresse – have a wonderful antique clock hanging on the corner of their offices on rue Saint Laurent and rue Saint Jacques.
On rue Sainte Catherine is Henry Birks and Sons – an upmarket jewelry store which has a magnificent clock over the main entrance. I was pleased I hit this area of town at dusk and so it was nicely lit up to show it off at its best.
The final clock I shot on this brisk tour of some of Montreal’s finest clocks was at the entrance to McGill University on Sherbrooke street.
Well at least I discovered that there are still lots of public clocks in Montreal – but given many don’ have the right time, still best to wear a wrist watch or – like so many people these days – check your phone. Maybe I’ll revisit this theme on March 11 for daylight saving day. So if you know of any great clocks in Montreal, let me know in the comments!
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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.