Perth’s former library inspired by stately bank building

The Perth Scientific and Literary Society, founded in 1906 in order to apply for a Carnegie Foundation grant, built a library in the Beaux Arts style a year later.  It was a landmark public building until it was severely damaged, and its collection destroyed, in a fire in 1980.  A new library was built a short distance away and the old building was revived as a mixed-use office space and is known as the McMillan Building for the developer responsible for the restoration.

What I did not know until recently was that the inspiration for the original library came from the 1885 building at Yonge and Front Streets in Toronto which served for many years as regional head office of the Bank of Montreal.  (It survives today in Brookfield Place – formerly known as BCE Place – as a stunning part of the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame.)


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