Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh
The Windsor Hotel Annex
Address
1170, rue Peel
Montréal, Québec H3B
Location
West side of rue Cypress from rue Peel to rue Stanley
Neighborhood
Ville-Marie
Built
1906
Style
Second Empire
Use
Offices upstairs with banquet halls on the ground floor. Originally built as an addition to a large and grand hotel, and was converted in the 1980s.
Web resources
Wikipedia
Emporis
Modern restoration, 1985-1987

The characteristic verdigris-trimmed, dormer-enhanced mansard and the muted detail of the facades place this within Hardenbergh's best work. The window treatment is a bit less rich than some other works, like the Hotel Albert, while the large arched ground floor windows are similar to those at the Hotel Oakland of the same period. This building is faced with a different material on each of its three sides: white limestone on the front, yellow brick on the side street and red brick on the rear. Apart from that, all maintain a uniformity of design.

This was originally an addition, or annex, to the Windor Hotel on what was then called Dominion Square in Montreal. The main part of the hotel burned down in 1957, but this addition remains. It is now connected to the CIBC Building, a modern office tower, and in 1985-1987 was given a modern atrium on its east side, restored ballrooms and structural upgrades. According to a sign next to the building, Hardenbergh collaborated on the design with Bradford Lee Gilbert, a fact of which I had previously been unaware. (The building does not appear on the Bradford Lee Gilbert website as far as I can tell.) Regardless, Le Windsor, as it is now known, contributes quite a bit to the elegance of Dorchester Square in downtown Montréal.


The ground-level iron railing evokes the Dakota's Neptunes and seamonsters.


The western facade, facing rue Cypress.


The limestone front on the left faces Dorchester Square. The yellow brick to the right faces the side street, rue Cypress.


The south or rear facade, facing rue Stanley.


The roofline as seen from rue Drummond to the southwest.