Crews demolish Redpath Mansion

Redpath Mansion in 1890.
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Time finally ran out today for the venerable Redpath Mansion on Du Musée St.

Crews arrived this morning to demolish the building — unsafe structure to some, and heritage building to others.

A representative with Heritage Montreal, which has been spearheading a drive to save the building, says it took but a few hours to knock the structure down to its foundations.

The mansion was built in 1886 to house the Redpath family, which is best known to Montrealers for its sugar refining business.

Earlier this year, Quebec's culture minister, Maka Kotto, briefly halted the demolition, but later said the Victorian mansion "does not present a national heritage interest", and can be torn down.

The owner of the property is hoping to build a high-rise tower for McGill Unviersity students by next year.

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  1. Will posted on 03/19/2014 10:02 PM
    Oh, we really need another ugly condo and/or overpriced apartment building that no one but foreign students can afford to live in. Montreal is quickly becoming an ugly city with all it's horribly dated low-rises from the 60s and 70s mixed with these random ultra-modern buildings that stick out like a sore thumb among the sprawling urban decay.
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