Row houses in Griffintown

Griffintown was named for Mary Griffin who subdivided the land in the area and planned out the street grid in 1804. At one time there were over 30,000 immigrants living there. Landlords destroyed most of the original row houses when the area was re-zoned for a highway but if you drive around a bit you can still find some of the old structures.

Row houses

10 Comments on “Row houses in Griffintown”

  1. John Wright says:

    Ah yes, I see the tower crane lurking in the background like a preying mantis ready to devour these humble but servicable buildings

    like the greenish sky …looks like dirty weather


  2. rene fijten says:

    It’s hard to keep up with all these fine drawings, you are so productive at such a high quality.


  3. Funny, I sketched two cranes on Tuesday, but didn’t post it. Love the bricks in this. You really do a great job of layering those washes to make really powerful brick and stone textures. I’ve been trying that some! Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. jesce says:

    Dear Shari,
    Can I have permission to use this image on my blog if I credit and link to you below it? I just put up an example at – and will take it down if you’d rather I didn’t. No worries if you’d prefer this were not used in this way…I am an artist myself, and can draw something if need be.

    Thank you for your lovely work!


    • HI Jessica,
      I so appreciate that you have asked permission to use the illustration.
      I would prefer if you replaced it with something of your own.
      I occassionally use my illustrations in publications or books so I would prefer if you did not use it.

      Thanks so much.


  5. jesce says:

    k, no worries. I just swapped it out; good luck with your work!


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