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The Building Of The Royal Bank

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Among the many architectural gems in the canadian city of Montreal special attention certainly deserves the building of the Royal Bank. This famous skyscraper located in the heart of Old Montreal and is an impressive 22-storey building, with a height of 121 m (397 ft).

In 1907, the Royal Bank of Canada decided to move its head office from Halifax to Montreal. Ten years later, building on Sein-Jacob street, where the office of the Royal Bank, has exhausted its potential and was not able to accommodate all departments fast-growing Bank. The Board of Directors took the decision about the construction of the new building and attended to the search of suitable land. By 1926 the Bank had managed to buy up all the property in the square between Rue Saint-Jacques, Saint-Pierre, Notre-Dame and Dollard in the heart of Montreal. The building located on this land was to be demolished, including the mechanics Institute and the ten-story Bank building "Ottawa". Finally, all the preparatory work was completed, the project is approved and in April 1927 was laid the first stone in the Foundation of building the future of the Bank, and after only a year the head office moved to new building.

The project of the building of the Royal Bank was designed by the renowned new York company of "York&Sawyer." This is quite an original architectural structure, the lower floors of which are a kind of podium, somewhat reminiscent of the style of a Florentine Renaissance Palace, with harmoniously fit into the ensemble of neoclassical colonnade. This structure is crowned by an impressive neo-classical tower.

At the time of completion of the building of the Royal Bank was the tallest building not only of Montreal, but throughout the British Empire. However, today the building of the Royal Bank remains one of the tallest buildings in Montreal.

In 1962 the head office of the Royal Bank moved to Place Ville Marie, in the old building until 2012 remained a branch of the Bank.