Old Montréal

The new economy in old digs

At the time of its construction in 1928, the Royal Bank of Canada’s new headquarters at 360 St. James Street was the tallest building in the British Empire. View fullsize It’s the tall one On the main floor, one could find what was arguably one of the most impressive and imposing bank branches in Canada.  The …

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Your money is safe with us

Once upon a time, banks used to build their main branches to be impressive, imposing structures that conveyed one simple message: Your money is safe with us Or perhaps it was: We have lots more money than you do Regardless of the message they were conveying–or how it was interpreted–these buildings were palaces and temples …

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