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Place Ville Marie and Notre-Dame Church

Place Ville Marie and Notre-Dame Church Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Place Ville Marie and Notre-Dame Church
Denomination
$1.00
Date of Issue
March 12, 1976
Quantity
4,520,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
1976 Olympic Games, Site
Series Time Span
1973 - 1976
Perforation or Dimension
13.5
Printer
British American Bank Note Company.
Creators
Designed by Jean Mercier Designed by Pierre Mercier
About Stamp
As host of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, Montreal has added several architectural delights to its amazing galaxy of structures. Accordingly, these stamps portray buildings from both the old and the new Montreal. The International Olympic Committee allows only one city per country to bid for the Games. Each National Olympic Committee interested in hosting the Games selects its city. Thus, only after the Canadian Olympic Association chose Montreal did it proceed to the international level to compete with Los Angeles and Moscow. Each city answered searching questions about its ability to conduct the spectacle. On this basis, the International Olympic Committee gave its blessing to Montreal. Two of the most attractive non-Olympic landmarks in Montreal are Place Ville Marie and Notre-Dame Church. The former stands directly over a railway station. Place Ville Marie, with its forty-two stories and three basement floors, has been described as "the most striking edifice in the city". When opened in 1962, the one-hundred million dollar skyscraper was the "largest and most varied business complex in Canada". Erected between 1823 and 1829, Notre-Dame Church was for years regarded as French Canada's national monument. The building committee, composed of leading French Canadian merchants, imported James O'Donnell, an Irish protestant architect, from New York and gave him orders to create a magnificent looking church capable of seating eight or nine thousand people. O'Donnell, who literally worked himself to death on the project, acted as both architect and construction superintendent. The completed church, the first major Canadian example of the Gothic Revival style, was the largest building in North America. So impressive was Notre-Dame that it was second only to Niagara Falls as Canada's top tourist attraction in the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1870's, Victor Bourgeau substantially redecorated the building's interior. Bourgeau was one of the most imaginative Quebec architects of the time. Despite subsequent modifications, today's Notre-Dame is still basically O'Donnell's and Bourgeau's accomplishment. This stamp featuring the site of the Olympic Games are the work of Jean and Pierre Mercier of Cöpilia Design.
Reference
Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1976.
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