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Happy 125th to Le Windsor!

Montreal, Wednesday, September 24, 2003 — Where would we be without our historic institutions? Without the striking architecture and elegant interiors that were the stage for so much of our storied past? The McCord Museum, which holds dear the preservation of Montreal's history, joins enthusiastically in celebrating Le Windsor on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.  

Traces of Le Windsor abound in the archives of the McCord Museum, testimony to its continuing significance as a meeting place, site of celebration and rest stop for weary travelers. Dance cards record merry evenings in the magnificent ballroom, while floor plans outline the magnificent apartments where royalty and heads of state have stayed. Photographers have been most prolific in capturing Le Windsor's history, and as a result there are countless images in the Notman Photographic Archives that showcase the building's grace and grandeur and testify to the dramatic view of the city it affords. As you peruse these treasures you can almost hear the footfalls of past generations still ringing through Peacock Alley.

According to the McCord's Executive Director Victoria Dickenson, "Le Windsor stands as an example of the long life cycle a great nineteenth-century institution can enjoy. Like our Museum, it has remade itself over the years to serve successive generations, and hopefully, many generations to come."

Individuals interested in consulting the McCord's extensive collection of documents and photographs pertaining to the rich history of Le Windsor and the city of Montreal may search on-line at www.mccord-museum.qc.ca, or visit the Archives and Documentation Centre free of charge, preferably by appointment. The Archives are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Source and Information:

Nike Langevin  nike.langevin@mccord.mcgill.ca 
(514) 398-7100, ext. 251