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McGill University, Mount Royal, Montreal, circa 1870
The St Lawrence River is far behind the camera and the east end of Mount Royal is visible in the centre. The Arts Building of McGill University (with the round cupola) was completed in 1862. The Montreal Presbyterian College is at the left edge of the photo. The little building with the dome between the two is probably the McGill Astronomical Observatory … which later supplied ‘standard time’ daily by telegraph to the Canadian Pacific Railway’s head office at Windsor Station.
Above the observatory is Ravenscrag, the mansion of Sir Hugh Allan. The tower afforded him an excellent vantage point from which to survey the comings and goings in Montreal Harbour.
from: Montreal, Then and Now; Bryan Demchinsky; 1985; The Gazette.