Windsor Station (Gare Windsor), Montreal

Windsor Station (Gare Windsor), Montreal

Windsor Station, situated in Montreal, is a former railway station that played a significant role as the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station and CPR headquarters from 1889 to 1996. Its location is bordered by Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal to the north, Peel Street to the east, Saint Antoine Street to the south, and the Bell Centre to the west.

Renowned New York City architect Bruce Price was entrusted with the Windsor Station project, where he opted for a Romanesque Revival style. The building's walls are constructed with gray limestone sourced from a quarry in Montreal, while the columns outside boast an impressive width of 2.1 meters (6.9 feet). Originally named the Windsor Street Station after its location on Windsor Street (now known as Peel Street), the station underwent its first expansion between 1900 and 1903, followed by another expansion from 1910 to 1913, both designed by Canadian architects. The third expansion in 1916 introduced a striking fifteen-storey tower that dramatically altered Montreal's skyline.

Since 1993, Windsor Station has been disconnected from the rail network. The site has been transformed into an office complex, accommodating various restaurants and cafés. The interior concourse, accessible to the public, is available for private and public events. The terminal tracks, totaling 13, and the overhead canopy have been removed and replaced with a public square.

Recognized for its historical significance, Windsor Station was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1975 and obtained the designation of a Heritage Railway Station in 1990. In 2009, it was further acknowledged as a provincial historic monument.

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Sight Name: Windsor Station (Gare Windsor)
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada (See walking tours in Montreal)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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