Thursday Doors – September 1, 2016

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Montréal Neighbourhoods – Rosemont/Petite-Patrie

Located in the central/eastern part of the island this neighbourhood of almost 16 square kilometers and close to 135,000 residents is one of the largest boroughs on the island of Montréal.

It is also the part of town where I spent the first thirty years of my life.

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Here’s the door to a typical Rosemont ‘dépanneur’ – aka convenience store, that also has some nice hometown street art.

We English Montréalers call these depanneurs ‘deps’ for short.

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Interesting fact: unlike other provinces in Canada, in Québec you can buy beer and wine in a convenience store – yeah baby!

It is a working class neighbourhood zoned primarily for residential use. You’ll find a few restaurants, cafés, shopping malls and shops scattered throughout the borough; like this bicycle repair shop adjacent to the reserved bike lane on rue St-Zotique.

I love the brightly painted VÉLO on the service entrance door.

Bicycle repair shop adjacent to the reserved bike lane on rue St-Zotique

The vast majority of the tree-lined streets in the area contain typical Montréal ‘plexes’ – multi-dwelling buildings where each dwelling has its own entrance with direct access to the street, rather than through a lobby or foyer as is typically seen in most apartment buildings.

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These plexes are renowned for their ornate outdoor iron staircases which are very pretty but make no sense considering the amount of snowfall the region gets in an average winter.

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Can you imagine yourself lugging large appliances up this death trap on moving day?

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You can read more about this anomaly of Montréal architecture in my post about Hochelaga-Maisonneuve where you’ll see just how treacherous these stairs can be in winter.

But for now let’s look at some of the pretty doors:

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As I walked up and down a few city blocks worth of terrain, I was met by this curious little fellow who decided to tag along for a while.

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I’m not sure what the story was with his shaved fur and fluffy tail but he didn’t have too much to say.

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These places look so different and so inviting in the summer with all the green everywhere.

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A local café with some original advertising for their shop painted on some residential garage doors – nice idea!

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That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse into my old ‘hood 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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65 Responses to Thursday Doors – September 1, 2016

  1. tinahomeblog says:

    This is the first time I saw this post. Beautiful photos. I am crazy about these exterior stairs. When I think of Montreal I think of STAIRS !!!

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  2. reocochran says:

    The railings, balconies and metal stairs all create such pretty patterns, Norm. 🙂

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  3. I love those ornate staircases, but I’m sure they’d get tiring when you’re lugging stuff up and down them. Thanks for the trip! Loved the doors. 🙂

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  4. Vicky says:

    What an interesting neighbourhood you lived in, just loving those stairs, so unusual but a nightmare on moving day! Some lovely doors this week too, so much character in your Montreal…

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  5. Those doors are great finds, cat is one of a kind and those stairs are super!

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  6. jesh stg says:

    Love these wild and wonky staircases – I like to have one of these:) The glass doors are very pretty:) Have a great weekend!

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  7. marianallen says:

    Speaking from experience with one of my cats, I’d say that your fluffy friend either wasn’t keeping himself groomed OR was grooming that fluff so well he was hacking out hairballs the size of sheep, so his owners had him shaved. Either that, or they used his fur to make mats for those treacherous stairs!

    My favorite has to be the shot with the circular balcony, but all your choices are beautiful.

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  8. prior.. says:

    Norm – love the ornate feel to the iron work – a bit of art deco – and laughed when you read about the death trap – funny because was looking at the beauty – fretting the practical part of living here – and the trio of doors or duo have such a nice feel.
    oh and that is very convenient to be able to buy beer and wine like that – many years ago we had an adventure (in Ontario) driving around looking for the beer store – not fully getting it that it was an actual beer store…. and it was inconvenient to not be able to get it with our groceries…. but once we knew the set up we managed quite well.
    lastly, the velo sign reads “love” if u read from the bottom up….

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  9. GeorgieMoon says:

    Fabulous staircases and balconies too!

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  10. Candy says:

    The ironwork is fabulous!

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  11. I like the iron staircases to look at, but hauling groceries, up, and large appliances and furniture any time of year would probably get old. 🙂

    I love the door at 6408 and the upstairs balcony comme open patio.

    I’ve wanted to get to Montreal for so long to listen to French, absorb the culture, and maybe practice speaking a bit of French too.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deborah. Yes these stairs get tiresome pretty fast for those who have to negotiate them several times a day. You’ll see them in a number of neighborhoods if you ever make it out this way. If you want I can teach you a couple of good French curse words to use while climbing these things 😉

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  12. Lynne Ayers says:

    You know you’re in Montreal when. I’ve always loved those staircases. A bit of nostalgia for me. Thanks for all the wonderful shots.

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  13. How fun! I grew up in Oklahoma where you had to buy beer and wine in special stores not like the rest of the USA
    Love all the iron works.

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  14. jan says:

    Such amazing iron work!

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  15. dennyho says:

    I LOVE all of the iron and wood combinations you have shared with us today. I do believe these are my favorite architectural features in doors, gates, railings and furniture. Great combination of fotos Norm.

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  16. mariannegv says:

    Hello Norm. That fluffy tail of the cat is so strange. I like the curvy stairs. Here is my post for thursday doors of today
    Have a great day!
    Marianne

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  17. The doors and staircases give the whole neighborhood its charm.

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  18. I love the curved ‘death trap’ stairs in several of your pictures. They look so graceful and elegant.

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  19. willowdot21 says:

    I love these photos so interesting, the stair cases are elegant and eccentric! Fabulous colours on the arty ones. The cat? Well I think the owners believe the have a Lion! 😊😋😎

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  20. dimlamp says:

    I like the last photo best, but then again I’m a coffee hound, so my totally ‘unbiased’ opinion. 😉

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  21. Norm, one of my favorites. I love the graphic aspects and the winding staircases… shared on FB.

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  22. captainhails says:

    “A diverse group of friends is always a good thing to have.”

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  23. Leah says:

    The ‘plexes’ are fantastic! I’ve yet to make it to Montreal, and hadn’t seen pictures of them before. The staircases are works of art. My mind can’t help leaping forward to cold, icy winters and carrying loads of groceries up icy steps, but for a casual observer, there’s something quite romantic about them.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Leah. These are one of the unique architectural features of the region for sure – if you ever make it out this way you’ll see these in a number of the city’s neihbourhoods. Romantic and artistic? Absolutely. But somewhat dangerous too 😉

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  24. There are those intriguing staircases again, Norm, but as with so many others, I shudder to think about going up and down in winter let alone with groceries, furniture, etc. You’re hardy folk up there, eh? 🙂 Lovely doors. I hope all’s going well with you during your time away.

    janet

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  25. slfinnell says:

    yep, lowest level living for me lol. We get Ice here in winter sometimes and I am very vertically challenged during that time. 🙂

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  26. Joanne Sisco says:

    These are always favourites of mine. It’s so iconic Quebec. The one thing I’ve never paid any attention to before now though is the 3rd floor. Where is that staircase? I’m assuming at the back of the building?

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  27. Great selection of stairs, Norm. I like that last shot. The poor cat looks like its having a bad hair day.

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  28. Dan Antion says:

    The stairs are besutiful. I love the light wooden doors (about halfway down) the best. I like hoe the service door is painted so it doesn’t even look like a door. I also like the balconies. I featured some of those today too. I’m gonna go with ‘great minds thinking alike’ as opposed to mere coincidence. Have a great day Norm and thanks for making this possible.

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  29. Love your hood. 🙂 Those stairs just scream architectural wonders except, of course, in the winter when they scream watch out. I can’t imagine carrying groceries and shopping items up those stairs let alone furniture. These are tough, ‘young’ folks with good backs and footing. 🙂

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  30. sourgirlohio says:

    I love the stairs! Beautiful, even if not practical 🙂 Funny, we can buy alcohol in gas stations here, but they can’t an hour and a half away in Pennsylvania.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks.
      Who new PA could be so conservative about alcohol. Isn’t PA where all the guns that end up in NYC come from? In any case I blame it on the Amish – they don’t drink AND they don’t drive: those darn fuddy-duddies ruin the party for everyone 😉

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  31. Sherry Felix says:

    Interesting buildings. The stairs look nice but I would no like to carry my groceries up them.

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  32. tgeriatrix says:

    I love the various steps leading to the different doors!

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