This is a list of the tallest buildings in Montreal that ranks skyscrapers in the city of Montreal, Canada, by height. There are currently 48 buildings and structures in Montreal greater than 100 m (328 ft). The tallest building in the city is the 51-storey, 205-metre-tall (673 ft), 1000 de La Gauchetière

Municipal regulations forbid any building from exceeding the height of Mount Royal, or 233 m (764 ft) above mean sea level.[1] Above-ground height is further limited in most areas and a minority of the downtown land plots are allowed to contain buildings exceeding 120 metres in height.[2] The maximum limit is currently attained by 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, the latter of which is shorter, but built on higher ground. To build higher than 1000 de La Gauchetière while respecting this limit would be to build on the lowest part of downtown; the maximum height there would be approximately 210 metres.[2]

The history of skyscrapers in Montreal began with the completion of the eight-storey-tall New York Life Insurance Building in 1888.[3] Most high-rise construction in Montreal occurred in two periods: the late 1920s to the early 1930s and then from the early 1960s to the early 1990s.

In the 21st century, the rate of high-rise construction in the city increased again with more under construction in 2014 than in any other North American city bar Toronto and New York City.[4]

Tallest buildings

This list ranks buildings in Montreal that stand at least 100 m (328 ft) tall, based on CTBUH height measurement standards. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the Tour de Montréal.

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year Notes Ref
1 1250 René-Lévesque
226.5 (743) 47 1992 Originally known as the IBM-Marathon Tower. [5]
2 1000 de La Gauchetière
205 (673) 51 1992 This is the tallest building in Montreal by roof height. It reaches the maximum roof height allowed by the city within viewing distance of the Mount Royal look off point. [6]
3 Tour de la Bourse
194 (637) 47 1964 The tallest building in Canada until completion of the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower in Toronto. The tallest reinforced concrete building in the world until the completion of Lake Point Tower in Chicago. The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1960s. [7][8]
4 Place Ville-Marie
188 (617) 47 1962 The tallest building in Canada until completion of the Tour de la Bourse. [9][10]
5 CIBC Tower
187 (614) 45 1962 With its antenna included it measures 225 m (738 ft). The tallest building in Canada and the whole British Commonwealth when completed in 1962. Surpassed within a year by Place Ville-Marie. [11][12]
6 L'Avenue
184 (603) 50 2017 The tallest residential tower in Montreal, and the tallest residential tower in Canada east of Toronto. It contains 304 condominium apartments, along with an important mixed use component; a Provigo branded grocery store, four office floors, and ground floor retail. [13]
N/A Tour de Montréal
175 (574) 20 1987 The Tour de Montréal is the tallest inclined tower in the world. [14][N 1]
7 Tour des Canadiens
167 (548) 50 2016
8 Tour des Canadiens 2
166 (545) 53 2019 Topped out.
9 1501 McGill College
158 (519) 36 1992 [15][16]
10 Complexe Desjardins South Tower
152 (499) 40 1976 The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1970s. [17][18]
11 Roccabella (East Tower)
147 (482) 40 2016 Roccabella east and west towers are the tallest twin towers in Montreal.
11 Roccabella (West Tower)
147 (482) 40 2018 Topped out. Roccabella east and west towers are the tallest twin towers in Montreal.
13 Icône (Tower 1)
146 (479) 39 2017
13 KPMG Tower
146 (479) 34 1987 Originally known as Maison des Coopérants and later as Place de la Cathédrale. The tallest building constructed in Montreal in the 1980s. [19][20]
15 Marriott Château Champlain
139 (454) 36 1967 Tallest hotel in Montreal. [21][22]
16 Le V / Courtyard Marriott Hotel
138 (453) 40 2014 [23][24]
17 Telus Tower
136 (445) 34 1962 Originally known as CIL House. [25][26]
18 500 Place D'Armes
133 (435) 32 1968 Originally known as Tour Banque Canadienne Nationale. [27][28]
18 Deloitte Tower
133 (435) 26 2015 [29]
20 Complexe Desjardins East Tower
130 (427) 32 1976 [30][31]
21 Scotia Tower
128 (420) 29 1990 [32][33]
21 National Bank Tower
128 (420) 28 1983 National Bank Tower and 700 de la Gauchetière were the tallest twin office towers in Montreal until the completion of the Roccabella East and West towers. [34][35]
21 700 de la Gauchetière
128 (420) 28 1983 Le 700 de la Gauchetière and Tour de la Banque Nationale were the tallest twin office towers in Montreal until the completion of the Roccabella East and West towers. Previously known as Bell Canada Tower. [36][37]
21 1000 Sherbrooke West
128 (420) 28 1974 [38][39]
25 Terminal Tower
125 (410) 30 1966 [40][41]
25 Bell Media Tower
125 (410) 30 1988 Originally known as Montreal Trust Place and Maison Astral. [42][43]
27 Altitude Montreal
124 (407) 33 2013 Was the tallest residential building in Canada east of Toronto until 2016. [44][45]
28= Sun Life Building
122 (400) 26 1931 The tallest building in Montreal from 1931 until the completion of Tour CIBC in 1962. The tallest building in the city completed prior to the 1960s. [46][47]
28= Le Port Royal
122 (400) 33 1964 [48][49]
28= Tom Condos
122 (400) 40 2018 Topped out. [50][51]
31 Tour de la Banque Royale
121 (397) 22 1928 [52]
32= Holiday Inn Montréal Centre-Ville West
120 (394) 40 2017 [53]
32= Humaniti Montréal
120 (394) 39 2020 Architecturally topped out. [54]
32= YUL Tower 1
120 (394) 38 2018 [55]
32= Maison Manuvie
120 (394) 27 2017 [56]
36 Cité du Commerce Électronique
118.8 (390) 27 2003 [57]
37 Le Centre Sheraton
117.6 (386) 38 1982 [58]
38 Le Peterson
115.2 (378) 34 2017 [59]
39 Place du Canada
113 (371) 27 1967 [60]
40 Le 400
112.5 (369) 37 2009 [61]
41= Edifice Hydro Quebec
110 (361) 27 1962 [62]
41= 500 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
110 (361) 26 1983 [63]
43 Le Complexe Desjardins Nord
108 (354) 27 1976 [64]
44 Tour Intact
105.5 (346) 26 1973 [65]
45= Hotel Omni Montreal
104 (341) 31 1976 [66]
45= Place Sherbrooke
104 (341) 26 1976 [67]
47 1100 René-Levesque Boulevard
102 (335) 27 1986 [68]
48 Le Crystal
101 (331) 26 2008 [69]

Tallest under construction or proposed

Under construction

The following is a list of buildings that are under construction in Quebec and are planned to rise at least 100 metres (330 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year proposed Notes Ref
1 Square Phillips 202.8 m (665 ft) 61 2023 Residential and mixed use. Will become the second tallest building in Montreal. [70][71][72]
800 Saint-Jacques Street West
National Bank of Canada Headquarters
200 m (660 ft) 46 2022 Office. Began construction on 7 November 2018. [73]
Victoria sur le Parc 200 m (660 ft) 56 2023 Mixed-use: office, residential and retail. Began construction March 2019. [74]
Maestria Tour B 202 m (663 ft) 61 2023 Began construction on 26 September 2019. When completed in 2023, the complex will become the tallest twin buildings in Canada and the third tallest in North America. [75][76][77]
Maestria Tour A 185 m (607 ft) 55 2023 Began construction on 26 September 2019. When completed in 2023, the complex will become the tallest twin buildings in Canada and the third tallest in North America. [78][76]
Tour des Canadiens 3 168 m (551 ft) 53 2021 Residential. Began construction March 2018 [79][80]
Solstice 147.5 m (484 ft) 44 2021 Residential. Began construction on 10 September 2019. [81][82]
Le Quinzecent 120 m (390 ft) 37 2022 Residential. Began construction in March 2019. [83][84]
Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year proposed Notes Ref
Centra Condos
1000 de la Montagne
143.6 m (471 ft) 45 2017 Residential. If approved, construction would be completed by 2022. [85][86][72]
1111 Atwater 120 m (390 ft) 35 2021 Mixed-use, Hotel, office. Began construction in 2019. [87][88]
628 Saint-Jacques 394 ft (120 m) 35 2021 Residential. Began construction in May 2017. [89][90]
EvoloX 120 m (390 ft) 36 2021 Residential. [91]
YUL Condos (East Tower) 120 m (390 ft) 38 2021 Residential. Began construction November 2017 [92]
Centre Hospitalier de l`Université de Montréal (CHUM) 112.1 m (368 ft) 22 2021 Hospital. [93]

Timeline of tallest buildings

The Notre Dame Basilica was the tallest building in Montreal from its construction in 1829 to 1928.
The Notre Dame Basilica was the tallest building in Montreal from its construction in 1829 to 1928.
The Royal Bank Building, the tallest building in Montreal from 1928 to 1931 and the first building to exceed the Notre-Dame Basilica in height.
The Royal Bank Building, the tallest building in Montreal from 1928 to 1931 and the first building to exceed the Notre-Dame Basilica in height.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Montreal.

Name Street address Years as tallest # of Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference
Notre Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West 1829–1928 99 years 69 / 226 7 [94][95]
Royal Bank Building 360 Saint Jacques Street West 1928–1931 3 years 121 / 397 22 [96][97]
Sun Life Building 1155 Metcalfe Street 1931–1962 31 years 122 / 400 26 [46][47]
Tour CIBC 1155 René Lévesque Boulevard West 1962 <1 year 187 / 614 45 [11][12]
Place Ville Marie 1 Place Ville-Marie 1962–1964 2 years 188 / 617 47 [9][10]
Tour de la Bourse 800 Victoria Square 1964–1992 28 years 194 / 637 47 [7][8]
1250 René-Lévesque 1250 René-Lévesque Boulevard 1992–present 27 years (current) 226.5 / 743 51 [98]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Tour de Montréal is not a habitable building, but is included in this list for comparative purposes. Per a ruling by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding observation towers are not considered to be buildings, as they are not fully habitable structures.

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