The Bovril BuildingPosted: October 20, 2013
There are buildings in Montreal, and I suppose in every city, that are iconic not because of any feats of design or architecture but simply because of where they are situated in the urban landscape. The Bovril Building, at the intersection of Van Horne and avenue du Parc in Mile End, is one of these. On any other street, surrounded by brick manufacturing buildings of the same height, it might tend toward the nondescript. But in its spot on a southern facing corner, its 1920’s deco facade has no competition, and for that reason it is instantly recognizable. I wasn’t even sure what the name of the building was until I did a bit of googling and found out not only that, but also that the refurbished building now houses an odd combination of tenants: a non-profit artist’s cooperative and a Hasidic Jewish school and daycare, each with their own entrance.