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April 21, 2008 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Honours Bonsecours Market

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - The Honorable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, unveiled a plaque today commemorating the national historic significance of Bonsecours Market.

"A symbol of the city's vitality and prosperity in the 19th century, this magnificent, highly influential building in Old Montreal always charms us with its beauty and its rich history," said Senator Nolin. "Our Government is proud to commemorate Bonsecours Market's historic significance and unique architectural features."

With its imposing dimensions and impressive facade, this Neoclassical-inspired building, reflects the rise of Montreal to metropolitan status. Its construction began in 1844 by architect William Footner, and was completed in 1860 by George Browne. Bonsecours Market housed City Hall between 1852 and 1878. For more than 100 years, it housed the main public market in the Montreal area. It also briefly accommodated the Parliament of United Canada in 1849.

Commemorating Bonsecours Market will enrich Old Montreal's mosaic of national historic sites of Canada that eloquently recount the history of the area. Over the years, it was also used as a concert hall and a meeting venue and for various military purposes. Restored in 1964, Bonsecours Market returned to its original purpose as public space in 1996.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises Canada's Environment Minister about the national historic significance of places, persons, and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of their historic value to the country.

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