TR10 Montréal’s Underground City

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TR10 Montréal’s Underground City

Walking tour that explores Montréal's Underground City

By Society of Architectural Historians

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 13 · 1:30 - 2:30pm EDT


Hotel Bonaventure Montréal 900 Rue De La Gauchetière Ouest Montréal, QC H5A 1E4 Canada

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About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

Peter Sealy, University of Toronto, Tour Leader

$20 USD • AIA CES: 1 LU • ML4 • Capacity: 20

Since the 1960s, Montréal has been renowned for its ville souterraine or Underground City. First conceived by Vincent Ponte and then popularized by Reyner Banham, this misunderstood network of interior spaces has served to transform—at least in the the city’s external imaginary, if not always in actual practice—downtown Montréal into a tentacular megastructure. This walking tour will explore several of its branches, investigating the unique conditions that shape this heterogeneous network. Sites to be visited include Métro Bonaventure, Montréal’s Central Station, Place-Ville-Marie, the Centre Eaton, Place-des-Arts, and the Complexe Desjardins.

Tour departs from the lobby of the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal.

Image: Métro Bonaventure (Wikimedia Commons)

About the organizer

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all. SAH serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.