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.