|You are now entering one of the most beautiful Victorian business districts in North America. Everywhere, graceful greystone façades attract your gaze, as they did with customers in days gone by. These warehouse-shops, dating from the 1850s to the 1880s, were used to receive, store and showcase both imported and domestic products.|
The Ramsay building, erected in 1858 on Rue des Récollets, is a fine example of the stone-frame style. A. Ramsay, a paint manufacturer, was the first occupant, followed by a cigar manufacturer until the mid-20th century. This photo was taken in 1868.