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Former Bank of Montreal Building

200 Main Street, Bathurst, New Brunswick, E2A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/07/17

Front view of the building; City of Bathurst
Former Bank of Montreal Building
West side of the building; City of Bathurst
Former Bank of Montreal Building
North/northeast side of the building, currently Greco Donair; City of Bathurst
Bank of Montreal Building

Other Name(s)

Former Bank of Montreal Building
Greco Donair
Greco Donair

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/10/28

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Former Bank of Montreal Building is a wedge-shaped, stone, two-storey Beaux-Arts style commercial building constructed circa 1919 on a strategic location at the intersection of Main and King streets, in downtown Bathurst.

Heritage Value

The Former Bank of Montreal Building is designated a Local Historic Place in recognition of the ongoing presence of the Bank of Montreal in Bathurst since the early 20th century, as well as for its location and architecture.

Since 1902, the Bank of Montreal, strategically located on the corner of the city’s two main arteries in the centre of Bathurst’s business sector, has supported the economic and commercial development of the entire region. The building, with its classical appearance and its façade overlooking the intersection, reinforces the commercial urban landscape of the city’s business sector and gives it an appearance of stability.

The Former Bank of Montreal Building is also recognized for its classical Beaux-Arts style of architecture, used mainly by banks in the early 20th century. This style is a good illustration of the character that bank buildings were meant to embody in the early 20th century. They were built in a style that evokes the strength, security, and prestige of such institutions with a view to inspiring confidence in their clientele.

Source: Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission Inc., “Former Bank of Montreal” file

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the Former Bank of Montreal Building include:
- downtown location at a busy intersection;
- two-storey wedge-shaped plan that follows the layout of the lot created by the intersection;
- smooth stone façades;
- symmetry of the openings;
- balanced fenestration of rectangular windows with large stone sills;
- main façade with corner entrance at an angle to the intersection;
- main entrance with a triangular pediment supported by two Corinthian columns;
- stone Bank of Montreal coat of arms dominating the upper frieze of the main façade;
- wide dentilated cornice topped by a parapet camouflaging the flat roof.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date

2006/07/17

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1902/01/01 to 1902/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Bank or Stock Exchange
Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment
Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission Inc., 360 Douglas Avenue, Bathurst, N. B.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1076

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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