Canada Life Building, Montreal

The Canada Life Building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is a Renaissance Revival building completed in 1895 by Buffalo, New York architect Richard A. Waite and is an example of a first-generation skyscraper.[1][2]

Canada Life Building
Photo of the then-new building, 1898
Canada Life Building, Montreal is located in Montreal
Canada Life Building, Montreal
General information
Address275 Saint Jacques Street
Town or cityMontreal, Quebec
Country Canada
Coordinates45°30′10″N 73°33′34″W / 45.5029°N 73.5595°W / 45.5029; -73.5595
Design and construction
Architect(s)Richard A. Waite
TypeImmeuble patrimonial classé
Part ofMontreal Heritage Site
Reference no.93433

Located in the heart of what was once Canada's financial capital on St. James Street, in what is now Old Montreal, the Canada Life Building was the first in Montreal to utilize an eight-storey steel structure.[2]


  1. ^ "Édifice de la Canada Life". Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec (in Canadian French). Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ a b Rue Saint-Jacques, Old Montreal Web Site
  • Rémillard, François, Old Montreal — A Walking Tour, Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1992