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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
A few weekends ago we went to see the Pompeii exhibit at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and of course I brought along my camera on the off-chance that I might come across a few nice doors 😉
Not surprisingly, I was not disappointed.
With four main pavilions in adjoining buildings, all interconnected via underground tunnels or above ground pedestrian bridges, I discovered that the museum has a number of share-worthy doors.
The main Beaux-Arts pavillion with its marble facade and imposing portico was built between 1910 and 1912. One unique and little known fact about the thirty foot tall columns is that generally columns of this size are built in smaller sections and then assembled on-site; however, these four behemoths are actually single-piece construction.
The sixteen foot tall main doors are a little plain:
but the ironwork above each door is a work of art worthy of a world-class museum:
I found a lovely side door that I think actually has a little more character than the main doors:
And then we went across the street to the Bourgie Pavilion and concert hall.
This Pavilion which houses the Quebec and Canadian art permanent exhibits is the former Erskine and American Church built in the 1890’s.
It was acquired by the museum in 2007 and renovations, including conversion of the main space into a chamber music hall with wonderful acoustics, were completed in 2011.
The texture and colour of the stone walls reminds me of a smaller version of Toronto’s Old City Hall building.
From back in its church days, this building had the largest collection of Tiffany Stained Glass windows in Canada. The museum wisely left these intact. We’ll be going back for a concert in a few weeks so I’m going to try to capture some of them on camera.
In walking around to the side of this building another little gem was discovered:
Nothing too fancy, but sometimes I find that a door that complements its entryway works better than an ornate one that tries to stand out.
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