Confederation Building (Montreal)

1253 McGill College Avenue (French: 1253 avenue McGill College) is an office building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located on the corner of McGill College Avenue and Saint Catherine Street West in Downtown Montreal. It was formerly known as the Confederation Building.[1] It is currently owned by Polaris Realty.

1253 McGill College Avenue.

It is 11 stories tall,[2] the first two floors are retail space while the top nine floors are offices.[3] 1253 McGill College Avenue was designed in 1923 by Montreal architecture firm Ross and Macdonald[4] and was completed in 1927.[5] The first three stories of the exterior of the building along Saint Catherine and McGill College (from ground level to the second stringcourse), apart from its two corner entrances, retain their original limestone cladding, as does the entire elevation along Cathcart Street.[2] The cladding above the second stringcourse along the building's north and west elevations (Saint Catherine and McGill College, respectively) were completely replaced by prefabricated concrete panels emulating the original units between 2012 and 2014. The building's architecture is considered to be Neoclassical.[6]


  1. ^ "Preserving the last vintage office building on McGill College". Polaris Realty. 2006-01-31. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "1253 McGill College". SkyscraperPage. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ "1253 McGill College Avenue, Montreal". Properties. Polaris Realty. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  4. ^ "1253 McGill College". Polaris Realty. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  5. ^ Confederation Building at
  6. ^ "Confederation Building". Emporis. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2011.

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