2016 Events

Fall Study Tour September 14-18

 Montreal and Ottawa, Canada


Highlights of the day will include Dorchester Square, with its grand array of late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings by Canadian, British, French and American architects; Place Jacques-Cartier and Place d’Armes; Mount-Royal (for which the city was named) including Des Pins and Docteur-Penfield Streets and other parts of the once grand Square Mile residential area, Erskine and American Church, the Holt-Renfrew department store, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and the Reid-Wilson and Forget houses; McGill University Campus, with its landmark buildings including the Redpath Museum and Baumgarten House/ Faculty Club; and Shaughnessy House (1874), the central building of the internationally renowned Canadian Centre for Architecture.


Our day in Ottawa will feature the Parliament Buildings and grounds of Parliament Hill, the epicenter of the Canadian government. After an official  groundbreaking in 1859, the massive and ambitious building effort (said to be the largest in the world at the time) proceeded in fits and starts, culminating in the 1870s; the Rideau Canal, Hotel Chateau Laurier (1908-12), built for the Grand Trunk Railway and later incorporated into the Canadian National Railway; the American Embassy (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 1999), Notre-Dame Basilica (begun 1841) and the National Gallery of Canada (Moshe Safdie, 1983-88).


Highlights of the day will include Chateau Dufresne (1916-18), the grand Beaux-Arts double house andbaggstreetshul showplace of two of the city’s most ambitious architects and real estate promoters, the brothers Dufresne, and the home of the stained glass studio of Guido Nincheri; some ethnic middle- and working class neighborhoods; and Boulevard St.-Laurent, which roughly divided English-speaking districts to the west and French-speaking neighborhoods to the east, defining a zone with stores, other businesses and homes primarily operated and occupied by Jewish Montrealers. By special arrangement, we will visit the only survivor of the dozens of synagogues and other religious institutions that once served their needs, the Bagg Street Shul, which has been continually active since 1906.


On the banks of the Ottawa River, we will explore Manoir Papineau (1850, 1892) the manor house built, expanded and remodeled by the "Great Louis Joseph” Papineau, a francophone firebrand politician and bane of the British rulers, and the Chateau Montebello (1930), one of the most remarkable buildings of 20th-century Canada, constructed in the shape of a six-pronged asterisk from over 10,000 pre-shaped logs shipped across Canada from British Columbia. Once the centerpiece of the Seigneury Club, a Montreal businessmen’s getaway, it later became a hotel and conference center.

Our headquarters hotel is Le Cantlie Suites in Montreal, where we have secured a block of rooms at a group rate. Full tour brochure and reservation form has been postal-mailed to all current Victorian Society in America members. It is also available by contacting the office (215) 636-9872 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by clicking HERE.



The 2016 Victorian Society in America Preservation and Book Awards

The 2016 Victorian Society in America Preservation and Book Awards were presented on April 30th during the closing banquet of the Spring Tour and Annual Meeting at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

The Preservation Awards are listed at the link in the left menu. The book awards are: 

hhowardThe 2016 Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award was presented to Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect by Robert S. Brantley with Victor McGee for excellence in books about architects and architecture.

sargentThe 2016 W. E. Fischelis Award was presented to Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends by Richard Ormond, Elaine Kilmurray, Trevor Fairbrother, Marc Simpson, Erica Hirshler, Barbara Weinberg, Barbara Gallati for excellence in books about art and artists.

dakotaThe 2016 Ruth Emery Award was presented to The Dakota: A History of the World's Best-Known Apartment Building by Andrew Alpern for excellence in books about local history.


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