Thursday Doors – January 19, 2017

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The Colourful Doors of Square St-Louis

Often incorrectly called Carré St-Louis, the square and it’s surrounding Victorian architecture are considered iconic symbols of 19th century life of the well-to-do in Montréal.


Located on the southeastern edge of the borough of  Plateau Mont Royal, the park itself is somewhat small: only three small city blocks long, by one block wide.


Aside from a fountain, a gazebo, and a few statues commemorating the famous french Canadian poets and writers who were at times residents of the area, the main attraction that draws in tourists regardless of the season is the homes that surround the square.


This stretch of homes is often compared with the “Painted Ladies” of San Franciso

Area owners and residents have recognized the attraction of their neighbourhood and have taken steps to do justice to the attention these wonderful old building receive by maintaining and decorating them accordingly.


The doors, balconies, and windows are all lovingly maintained and painted with bright, vibrant, and noticeable colours that leave visitors understandably reaching for their cameras.


You’ll find very few neighbourhoods anywhere with such a variety of vibrant colours.


Several of these old two-story homes have been turned into Inns or B & B’s.


And many are still private residences that we simply admire.


I can only imagine the interior of most of these places with their 10 foot ceilings and original woodwork and mouldings.


I’ll have to go back in the summer to shoot some of these again just to compare how they look with trees full of leaves rather than surrounded by snow.


As always I thank you for looking.

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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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91 Responses to Thursday Doors – January 19, 2017

  1. reocochran says:

    I must have started a comment on this post but cannot find it. . . Sometimes I don’t wait until it says reply posted, Norm.
    I liked coming back to see the pretty colorful doors and charming snow pictures like the park bench! 🙂


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  3. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great post Norm – should bring plenty of new visitors along!
    I love your introductory shots and then the colourful doorways peeping through the snow are very inviting
    Loved them all!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I visited Montreal many years ago and loved it. Now I remember why. the architecture is just beautiful.Thanks for showing these homes. I never knew about them before.

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  5. Wow, you just made a cold winter seem awfully bright with vibrant colors and beautiful buildings and doors! I’ll have to visit Montreal again one of these days!

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  6. What fabulous contrasting doors and trim those building have with their grey walls. I’ve never seen Victorian homes quite like that before and the colours are even more vibrant set against the snow.

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  7. marianallen says:

    Those colors are so intense, they hardly seem real! Beautiful doors, windows, roofs (rooves?) and detail.

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  8. Alexandra says:

    these are gorgeous colors!! 🙂

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  9. Those vibrant colors are wonderful. It definitely makes the neighborhood pop! 🙂

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  10. Nato says:

    What a great fun find! Their color combinations are quite complimentary, and I love the architecture. Yes, I bet the inside of those places have some wonderful features. As always, it is a pleasure to come by your door discoveries.

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  11. Corina says:

    I love the vibrant colors! I hope you do get back there a little later in the year. I would love to see those pictures!

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  12. With such colorful doors and houses this neighborhood ought to be a fun place to visit any time of the year. Very nice series!

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  13. These are wonderful. They are elegant and stately..

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  14. Vanessa says:

    I love that a community would come together to make a conscious choice on the colours of their neighbourhood. Beautiful!

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  15. Love the bold colors of the doors and trim! Lively colors to keep spirits high on the dreary and cold days of winter. Nice seeing a little snow too.

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  16. These houses look especially inviting with the snow surrounding them. I imagine the insides are warm and cozy. I noticed an electric car in front of one of the houses – I wonder how the snow/freezing weather affects its range?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Great eye on that electric car – I hadn’t noticed it until you mentioned it. Nissan Leaf I believe?
      I haven’t heard anything around here about the cold affecting the range.


  17. willowdot21 says:

    I am so very impressed with these photos!!

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  18. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a fun neighbourhood! I wonder if they confer with one another to ensure the colour palette is properly represented and no two colours are repeated side-by-side? 😉
    I really like the angle of the 1st photo where you’ve managed to capture the mood of the neighbourhood.

    My question is, why is it wrong for the french-speaking to refer to it as Carré St-Louis? It is simply because one doesn’t translate a proper name?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I do believe there’s a neighbourhood committee that handles colour choices and the like.
      On the name, you’re bang on; it’s called Square St-Louis but many people incorrectly think it should be translated to “carré” when referring to it in French.

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  19. Vicky says:

    Oh gosh, what a wonderful, vibrantly coloured place with such gorgeous doors. I love how the homeowners seem to recognise that they are in a unique place and take such toning care… Thank you so much for taking us to Square St-Louis, Montreal, it looks very special…

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  20. jan says:

    I think your painted ladies are more entertaining that those in SF which seem a little staid in comparison!

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  21. jesh stg says:

    Your photo edits made it like a delightful movie-like Disney series:) Am almost forgetting the cold and the grey:):) The row of benches leading up to the doors in the background is a real stunner!

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  22. These houses look so cute!

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  23. Love the colored doors.

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  24. Candy says:

    I love the brightness these houses bring to a bleak winter landscape. Can’t wait to see them in full bloom 😉

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  25. jazzytower says:

    Beautiful!! I would love to get a peek at the inside of one of these. I did once at a library in one. It had mohagany built-in shelves on all the walls, and pocket door of the same wood. Felt like a step back in time.

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  26. joey says:

    Pretty, pretty stuff! I love the colors. I think they’re especially charming in the snowy setting. 🙂

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  27. I look forward to seeing these in summer or even autumn leaves around. I’ve never seen a neighborhood like that, remarkable

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  28. ianbcross says:

    Fabulous colours, Norm. The only place I have visited recently which can match these is Bo Kaap in CapeTown. My doors this week are fairly nondescript, but the context is interesting. They are all from Manipur in far NE India.

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  29. Donna says:

    You definitely need to get yourself invited inside. I would LOVE to see the interiors!!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I’m going to start by researching the B & B’s online to see if I can find any pics. Failing that we may just have to find an excuse to book a room for a night to get an up close look 😉


  30. What I like the most is they are able to put their own creativity with color into their homes and not be restricted to the cookie cutter colts so many new developments restrict you to.

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  31. Ruth says:

    The brightly coloured paintwork really stands out against the white snow – lovely! 🙂

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  32. dennyho says:

    I wonder, like you Norm, does the outdoor bright colors reflect what is inside these homes? That purple house just screams, “Come inside and see what else I have to share with you!”. Such a charming neighborhood – thank you so much for bringing them to us today! Is it very near to you or was it a special trip to visit these colorful doors? Just wondering.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked this. We live outside the city so it’s about an hour’s drive, but only 15 minutes from where my mom lives. I often plan my in-town doorscursion around trips into town for other things 🙂

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  33. bikerchick57 says:

    Being someone who loves color, I absolutely adore these homes. I don’t believe anyone could live there and not have a cheerful attitude being surrounded by so many bright hues of paint. Thanks for sharing this part of Montreal, Norm. It put a smile on my face this morning!

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  34. Hey, Norm. What’s all the white stuff? Still waiting for more here but only getting more rain. Love the houses, love the colors, love the doors. What more can I say?


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  35. slfinnell says:

    Looking forward to a summer view. 🙂 Bet it’ll be quite a transformation!

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  36. tgeriatrix says:

    Wonderful! I like the coloring of these houses, it gives them a modern touch.

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  37. Colline says:

    What a lovely neighbourhood Norman.

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  38. prior.. says:

    oh I love them all – and would like to stay at one that was a B&B
    and before I read the painted ladies I was thinking of them….

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  39. Spectacular. Lovely row of homes, and the colors just pop and make you smile. Applause to this neighborhood for bringing their area to the forefront by drawing attention to their beautiful historic architecture, and thank you, Norm, for sharing the beauty. 🙂

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  40. conspicari says:

    Great looking houses, not to mention the fantastic doors. Has got a real French look. :>)

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  41. andrethibaultblog says:

    Love the colors!! Yes would love to see in the spring time with no snow

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  42. Dan Antion says:

    I love the buildings with the mansard roofs and the colorful dormers. I also really like the buildings with the double wooden doors with the (stained?) glass transom lights and the iron balconies. I think that’s a perfect look for an entrance. And, the elevated entrances at the bottom – wow, Norm, you’ve given me too many favorites today!

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  43. Debbie H says:

    I love these doors and all the colours…not to mention the snow on what’s been another hot day here!

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  44. arv! says:

    lovely post. Indeed snow has personified the appeal of doors!

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  45. klara says:

    wonderful neighbourhood!

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  46. RuthsArc says:

    What a wonderful place, such lovely buildings. And all that snow.

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  47. Sherry Felix says:

    I like the frosting.

    Liked by 3 people

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