360 Saint-Jacques Street


According to a City of Montreal by-law adopted in 1924, for a building’s height to exceed 130 feet, the top part of the building had to be set back by at least 23 feet in relation to the base, and the floor area could not exceed the floor area of an 11-storey building occupying the same lot. Established as the Royal Bank headquarters in 1928, the site of the building was part of the very first concession granted on the Island of Montreal by Governor Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve on January 4, 1648. At the time, construction costs totalled $6.5 million. The interior expresses the refinement of the classic Roman detail found in Italian Renaissance architecture. The main hall, an impressive area where the bank’s headquarters were located, is 45 feet high with travertine flooring that forms a charming hand-crafted marble mosaic.

Easily accessible by:

  • The underground city and tunnels.
  • The suburbs by train or public transit system.
  • Nearby underground parking.
  • Highways (Bonaventure and Ville-Marie expressways)
  • Services

    • Restaurants
    • Elevators
    • Security 24/7
    • Daily upkeep
    • Two main street accesses (St-Jacques and Notre-Dame)
  • History

    In 1907, the Royal Bank of Canada moved its headquarters from Halifax to Montreal. In 1926, needing more space, the Bank decided to build the skyscraper at 360 Saint-Jacques Street (the tallest building in the British Empire), a testament to its opulence and wealth, where it would remain until 1962, when it would relocate to Place Ville-Marie. Construction from 1926 to 1928.

  • Alterations and renovations

    Refurbished elevators and HVAC systems
    Restoration work on façades since 2011
  • Caracteristics

    Address: 360 Saint-Jacques Street, Old Montreal

    Other streets: Notre-Dame, St-Pierre and Dollard

    Occupation: Commercial

    Built in: 1926-1928

    Architect: York and Sawyer with S.G. Davenport

    Number of floors: 21

    Areas per storeys: from 6 300 sq. ft and 23 637 sq. ft     

    Total areas: 477 393 sq. ft

    Manage by: Gestion Georges Coulombe

    Historical name: Royal Bank of Canada headquarters

    Historical pictures: St-Jacques Street, Street of all the Canadian Banks at the beginning of the century

    Initial owner: Royal Bank of Canada

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