Montreal’s Stanley Street, down through the years

Interesting article about our beloved Stanley Street !

For Good Measure

I often wonder what Richard Philbin would think of his old street now. Philbin, a plasterer by profession, was the first individual ever recorded in Montreal’s Lovell’s Directories to be living on Stanley Street. The year was 1856 when the contractor was reported as residing in Inkerman Cottage, at civic number 112, just south of Ste. Catherine. And all indications point to the fact that Richard Philbin and family had the street all to themselves back in the day.

A great deal has happened on that spirited and historic Montreal artery in the 160 years that have passed since then. Some good happenings; some not so good.

The relatively narrow thoroughfare originally ran from Rue de la Gauchetière (then, St. Janvier; later Osborne) to Ste. Catherine Street. It was first named in 1845 after Edward Smith-Stanley, Sir Robert Peel’s Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. Smith-Stanley was the…

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