Square Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier

The construction of the Square Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier in Saint-Henri was an election promise made by Hormidas Laporte who wanted to annex the city of Saint-Henri to the city of Montreal. 

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Laporte served as mayor of Montreal from 1904 and 1906 and kept his promise.

The rapidly growing population resulted in Saint-Henri accumulating a heavy debt load which forced the town to merge into the city of Montreal.

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The annexation occurred in 1905 and, in 1912, the Square George-Etienne-Cartier was eventually built on the site of a former slaughterhouse.

The Dominion Abattoir & Stock Yards Company was an important factory in Saint-Henri until it was destroyed by a fire in 1902. 

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The Square Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier has largely retained its original appearance.

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With its fountain, grassy areas, trees, walking paths and benches for sitting, the Square was and still is a nice place to go and spend some time.

Restored in 2003, the components of the fountain were ordered by catalog from an American company called Mott Iron Works.

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The houses built around the park all had to have a facade made out of stones or decorative bricks.

The prohibitive costs of such requirements resulted in excluding the blue collar workers from the possibility of building a house around the park. 

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Before his death at the age of 83 and in recognition of services rendered, King Georges V of England knighted Hormidas Laporte  and the McGill University bestowed him an honoris causa doctorate.

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The Square leads to Saint-Ambroise Street and to the Saint-Remi Tunnel built under the Canal Lachine in 1954.

Square Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier by Rachel Louise Barry September 2015