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Early Westmount Churches: Church of the Advent, St. Matthias and Westmount Park United

The early churches in Westmount were missions for congregations from down- town Montreal. As parishioners moved westward, some churches opened up small venues to accommodate them in the sparsely settled municipality. Across de Maisonneuve Blvd....

Sunday, November 11, 2018|

City of Westmount the 2018 Recipient of The Prince of Wales Prize

The City of Westmount will receive The Prince of Wales Prize in recognition of its sustained commitment to heritage conservation over time, seen in the quality of its environment, its committed leadership, and its highly engaged residents. The Prince of Wales Prize is the National Trust for Canada’s most prestigious prize, which is awarded annually, recognizing communities and their local governments for the successful heritage stewardship of a town, city, rural region, First Nations reserve or community.

Sunday, October 28, 2018|

The City of Westmount’s Local Heritage Council (LHC)

The WHA has a permanent seat on the City of Westmount's Local Heritage Council (LHC). The City has excellent information on its website under Heritage about the LHC & its Houses of Worship project. To visit the site, go to our Local History page and click on "Heritage section of the City of Westmount's website" on the sidebar.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018|

Victoria Hall

The arched doorways of Victoria Hall welcome us to a myriad of events and activities—the Friends of the Library book sales, the Artisans’ Festival, dramatic presentations, concerts, large gatherings, classes, and much more. In 1898, as Westmount Public Library was being built...

Sunday, June 10, 2018|

New WHA Board of Directors 2018-19

The Annual General Meeting of the Association took place on Thursday, 17 May 2018. After reports were given, the slate of candidates for positions on the board of directors was presented and elected. A list of the new Board of Directors for 2018-2019 is on our About page. Back row, left to right: Jane Martin, Cynthia Grahame, Lorne Huston. Front row: Marlene Chan, Ruth Allan-Rigby, Anne Barkman, Caroline Breslaw, Louise Carpentier.

Friday, May 18, 2018|

Murray Park

The official name of the park located between Westmount Avenue and Côte St. Antoine Road is King George Park, but most Westmounters call it Murray Park. The land was part of a large country estate acquired by William Murray, founder of the Beaver Steamship Line, from the old Leduc farm. Around 1860, Murray built a stone villa....

Thursday, April 12, 2018|

178 Côte St. Antoine Road: 178 Years Old

Two heritage houses are set back on Côte St. Antoine Road across from bottom of Forden Avenue. Numbers 168 and 178 (the Goode House) are the only remaining homes of four identical stone cottages built in 1840 by Moses Judah Hayes. These are the second oldest buildings in Westmount...

Sunday, February 11, 2018|

Westmount Square

The nineteen sixties was a period of massive urban transformation in Westmount, as in Montreal and the rest of North America. Victorian housing was demolished to widen Dorchester Boulevard, to make way for the Ville Marie Expressway, and to construct Westmount Square...

Sunday, January 21, 2018|

Westmount Public Library’s Interior

The opening of Westmount Public Library in 1899 highlighted the great importance residents attached to reading and higher education. Architect Robert Findlay was responsible for the library’s first three phases—the initial building, the Children’s Library of 1911, and the 1924 south reading room with mezzanine....

Sunday, December 3, 2017|

Westmount Public Library

This iconic structure houses the first publicly-funded municipal library in Quebec. The stairs up to the library’s east entrance were recently demolished for the repair of a water pipe, and will be rebuilt...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017|