Magnificent Beaux-Arts buildings in a working-class neighbourhood
Along with the south-west, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is one of the most eloquent witnesses to Montreal's industrial era. Once a hub of shoe and textile companies, the towns of Hochelaga and Maisonneuve, incorporated at different times, bear the marks of a fascinating history. More working class in Hochelaga and more monumental in Maisonneuve, the buildings highlight the architecture and character of the neighbourhood: industrial complexes, working- and middle-class housing, business streets, Olympic installations, parks and schools, bicycle paths, a hospital, cultural institutions, swimming pools, and the largest container port in Canada. Typical of Montreal's residential neighbourhoods, many of the streets are lined with adjoining two- or three-story buildings housing from two to six families along with flat-roofed brick and greystone homes.
Located near the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is also a transit zone via Sherbrooke, Hochelaga, and Notre-Dame streets and the railway lines. Marked by major urban projects and de-industrialization, it is a vibrant, friendly working-class neighbourhood with a strong sense of community.