Thursday Doors – January 25, 2018

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Marché Bonsecours – Vieux Montréal / Bonsecours Market – Old Montreal

This street is a lot less busy in mid-January than it is in mid-June

Named for its next-door neighbor the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

the Marché Bonsecours is an old historic market building facing the city’s old port that has served many functions over the years.

Built from locally quarried grey-stone, construction on the market began in 1844 and was completed in 1849. Despite the fact that completion was several years late, the building was far enough along to allow the public market to operate starting in 1847.

The two-story structure served this main vocation for over a hundred years allowing merchants and local area farmers a central place to display and sell their wares.

Among its other vocations, the building also briefly housed the Parliament of the United Provinces of Canada back in the spring of 1849, after protesters burned the original Parliament to the ground over an unpopular bill that was passed to compensate those who had suffered damages during the Patriot Rebellions a decade earlier.

After this Montréal was considered too socially unstable and Parliament was moved alternately between Toronto and Québec City until 1857 when Queen Victoria finally decided on Ottawa as Canada’s permanent capital.

The Marché also housed Montreal’s city hall from 1852 until 1878 when the current city hall was completed.

Over the years it has also served as a police headquarters, exhibit hall, concert hall and public meeting place.

It terms of size and function it reminds me a lot of Faneuil Hall in Boston, except with fewer food stands and more fancy shops.

Like many of our old historic buildings the Marché came close to going under the wrecking ball.

In 1963 after years of neglect, various levels of government contributed the needed funds to restore and renovate the property. Subsequent renovations included a rebuild of the structure’s signature dome, and also gave the building a new life as an upscale market housing fancy shops for tourists on the main floor and meeting halls on the second level.

If you ever visit the Old Port area of our city, you can’t miss a visit to the Marché Bonsecours.

Again this week I have a few bonus doors to throw in from elsewhere on my walk in Old Montréal:

As always, thanks so much for visiting 🙂

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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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70 Responses to Thursday Doors – January 25, 2018

  1. reocochran says:

    This is such a bountiful post with so many choices to see, Norm. The Bonsecours Market looks like a public administration building with such beautiful architecture and doors. I think the Parliament using this stately building during part of the time makes total sense. It would have been quite a sight to see as a running market.
    I enjoyed all the details displayed and finding out about where the stones’ origin was something I like to hear about.
    The neighboring Notre Dame de Bon Se Cours Chapel with Angel and Saint on the roof’s peak is stunning.

    The green doors and deep blue door set had such appealing features. Thank you for the smorgasbord! Hope you are feeling better and you aren’t having problems with the cold.

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  2. I wish I could visit Montreal, again! Your posts really are a travel guide to your city.

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  3. I’m afraid that I’d be tempted to Photoshop that no parking sign out – why do people keep insisting on messing with our doors? Love, love the green door and trim… I would definitely stop there for a coffee.

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  4. I like the blue and green bonus doors. The door to the market is neat.

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  5. Old Montréal looks so nice, especially in the snow, Norm. I really like that last blue door.

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  6. What a fantastic building! Such a wonderful history lesson, and so happy to see it saved. The blue door beckons to be opened!

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  7. Jennie says:

    The bright colors against the colorless stone are lovely. Wonderful photos, Norm.

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  8. tgeriatrix says:

    Very nice post! The last blue door ist simply gorgeous.

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  9. Pistachios says:

    These are the sorts of posts I really like – ones that leave me feeling like I’ve just been on a guided tour of a new place, but from the comfort of my own home!

    Probably a good thing it was very quiet when you went – got some clear shots of the building and its doors! Was it strange, though, seeing it so empty, knowing how busy it is in “peak” times?

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  10. Lovely photos. I also enjoyed the history! My favorite is the green trim shop.

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  11. Aimer Boyz says:

    Embarrassing, but true…I’ve learned more about Montreal from your post than I ever knew when I lived there 🙂
    Love that last picture, great woodwork above the doors and I can’t resist blue 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I’m glad to know you learned something. One of the fun things about Thursday Doors is it gives us a chance to share snapshots of the history around the places we capture. Sharing with and learning from others is what I enjoy most about it, and I learn stuff every week 😀


  12. Amy says:

    Amazing doors Norm!! Those green ones sure pop, but I still may be partial to the one with the arched transom window above and its stonework.

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  13. Those are wonderful doors, and buildings. My favorites are the green ones, and that blue one. WOW!

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  14. joey says:

    Dang, those were fabulous doors! And the icicles, Norm — Ooh! Ahh! Love! I love how the Bonsecours doors are warm, like ivory, so they sorta blend into the facade, very subtle, but you can tell they’re formidable..
    First bonus door and I are keen on one another, I can tell.

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  15. dweezer19 says:

    I LOVE the last three doors. Awesome post Norm.

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  16. Candy says:

    Another great lesson, for me, in Candian history. But, oh, that blue door! There’s a door I’d like to have. The round window makes it special.

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  17. jesh stg says:

    Lovely blue door towards the end. Guess protesters in the past also were violent in burning down buildings. Like Proverbs, there’s nothing new under the sun,” lol. Will check my dashboard on and off if nothing of you appears (does it have to do with your blog theme?)

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  18. Great doors! I especially like the blue one.Naughty spam goblins…they seem to love picking on you.

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  19. All lovely but I especially love that shot of green.

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  20. JT Twissel says:

    I love the shot of the chapel with the statues on top. Wonderful! I’ll have to get up to Quebec someday (maybe summer…)

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  21. Vicky says:

    Lovely building and wonderful to find out the history… Seems so strange Queen Vic deemed the move to Ottowa, life was the empire and colonial in those days. I’m pleased it’s restored, it’s very beautiful! I also am very partial to the green facade in your random section, they appeal hugely !

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Vicky. Personally I think Queen Vic made a wise decision in choosing Ottawa. Pretty much half way between Montreal and Toronto, it made for a good compromise location.
      Yes that green one jumped out at me while we were walking around so I had to stop and capture it 🙂


  22. Tara says:

    Love the old. Love the colors. Love Montreal. I can’t wait to visit! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. marianallen says:

    Arches! How I love arches! And that beautiful blue with the circle! Thanks for another happy-making post, Norm. 🙂

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  24. Suzanne says:

    Where’s can I get a cup of Chowda!

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  25. Those green doors really stand out, particularly against the winter weather. Thanks for hosting, I’ve added my link.

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  26. Ally Bean says:

    I love that last photo of the blue door. I want that blue door… but I suppose it’d be too much for our suburban house. Still, way cool.

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  27. Damn fine set o’doors, Norm. First door, #305, has an interesting sign. Does it mean “urinating forbidden”? ;-}

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  28. Dan Antion says:

    Great doors, Norm. I love the history and, of course it’s hard to beat a beautiful stone building, especially one with a dome on top. I’m so glad the building finally got the recognition it deserved and was restored. I have to say that I think my favorite door to day is the blue bonus door at the end.

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  29. Sartenada says:

    Great set of gorgeous photos. Thank You.

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  30. Joanne Sisco says:

    The Marché’s history is as interesting as the building itself. Even without it’s history, it would get top marks from me for its lovely dome and arched doorway.

    My laugh for the day however, came from the comment “after this Montréal was considered too socially unstable”. I’ve been saying that to Gilles about Quebeckers for years …. but he thought it was less funny 🤣

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Funny Joanne. Every time one of my Franco friends or family members brings up any of the latest Quebec gripes I usually remind them of Quebec’s two national pastimes: hockey and complaining. Oddly they don’t find me funny either 😉


  31. And, this is why you are our leader. Great history of a beautiful building, and I like that it has come full circle as a place for people to congregate to shop. I thought those green doors were magnificent, and they are, until I got to the purple one which takes this door fan’s breath away. Now that is a DOOR. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. I could’ve found a lot more interesting ones but it was getting late in the afternoon and the light was fading fast. I’m hoping for another mild day soon so I can go back while there’s still snow.
      -21C this morning so no doorscursioning for me today 🙂


  32. BeckyB says:

    Now what on earth them put that no parking sign right there?!! Great photos as always Norm, and fingers crossed the comments gremlins go away soon.

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