Old Montreal is defined by the walls of the original French colonial settlement, subsequently a small British trading town during the Georgian era. Later the area developed into the commercial heart of the Victorian and early 20th century city, before declining in importance after the Second World War, as the city core shifted north-west. Elements of each time period remain, and the mix of French, British and American styles in town planning and architecture forged in the district gives the wider city its unusual character.
This presentation by Steven Peck is based on his experience in a heritage conservation practice in Montreal. He will consider the evolution of the Old Town's built environment and draw wider lessons for Atlantic Canadian and American cities of a similar age.
This is a joint meeting organised by the RTPI International Development Network and the Historic Environment Group of the RTPI Urban Design Network, open to others.