Bank of Montreal - Nelson, BC
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N 49° 29.446 W 117° 17.807
11U E 478506 N 5482056
Quick Description: The Bank of Montreal is on the south west corner of the intersection of Baker and Kootenay Streets, toward the western edge of downtown Nelson. It is the oldest operating branch of the Bank of Montreal in BC.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 9/6/2020 2:18:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM13377
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
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Long Description:
Though not the most physically imposing, the B of M building is certainly aesthetically the most impressive building on this corner. With its intricate brickwork, terra cotta leaf work on the upper cornice, railing surrounding the roof, arched lower windows and terra cotta B of M insignia on the upper walls, it is truly a work of art. Too, the heavy bronze plaques stating "Bank of Montreal" on either side of the intimidating doorway instill a sense of confidence and stability in all who enter.

Completed in 1899, the bank building was designed by influential architect Francis Rattenbury. Now, 121 years later, the bank still stands in its original location, still operating and still raking in the cash as the B of M in Nelson.
Bank of Montreal
The Bank of Montreal building is a substantial two-storey brick and terra cotta building on the corner of Baker and Kootenay streets in Nelson, B.C.

The Bank of Montreal is important for its historical and aesthetic values, particularly for its landmark status and imposing design. The building is significant for its history as the oldest operating branch of the Bank of Montreal in the province, constructed at a time when the gold rush spurred the construction and arrival of banks in towns across the province. The Bank of Montreal opened for business in Nelson in 1892, originally operating out of a local barber shop.

The use of local building materials and the acknowledgement of Nelson’s geological history is significant, as the eight-foot long steps of the bank were created from a granite boulder uncovered during work on the recreational grounds on Hall Street. Its construction is considered important as it was one of the first buildings to employ steel I beams in its construction rather than the conventional timber joists. The building is also important for its residential component on the top floor.

The building is significant for its architect, Francis Rattenbury, who was a dominant designer in the architectural profession in British Columbia partly because of his skilled deployment of a broad range of historical styles.

The building is important for its aesthetics, including its imposing sense of permanence and singularity, heightened by the main entrance facing the corner of Kootenay and Baker streets. At the time of its construction, the building was considered to be the handsomest block so far erected in the Kootenay region. A sympathetic addition on Kootenay Street was added after World War II.

The building’s importance is expressed through its scale, high parapet, varied use of arches, intricate brickwork, and terra cotta inlays with bank’s insignia.
From the City of Nelson Heritage Register, Page 89
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298 Baker Street
Nelson, BC
V1L 4H3

Heritage Registry Page Number: Not listed

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