Many of the old buildings and houses in Quebec have window boxes which always adds charm to the appearance. The yellow shuttered windows caught my eye straight away with the bright flowers.
The windows up on the second story with the peaks are typical of Quebec houses. Insetting the windows into the roof in this fashion, took less materials than if a full floor had been built. The houses were taxed differently too.
The tiny panes of glass were also typical of the past. One small pane was easier to replace if broken. It was less work, less time, less materials, therefore cheaper for the glass blower to make. And of course, there was less chance of breakage on the way to its new owner. A small piece of glass is actually quite strong.
This building was just around the corner from the first. The clean colours and bright flowers made this residence very attractive. All the buildings in this block were about 250 years old.
More interesting info
There is one more piece of fascinating information that I can add to this that most people don’t know about unless you live in Quebec and even then it has probably been forgotten.
Did you notice that the last photo shows the stairway running up the side of the building?
Quebec was originally under French rule so France dictated the laws in Quebec. If you as an owner of a structure built a staircase on the inside then you would be taxed for it. Single dwellings had them on the inside mostly, but buildings where each floor was rented out as apartments, no.
To avoid paying that tax, stairways were built onto the outside of the building. (The house my father and my cousins grew up in had the stairs outside both back and front of the house. One of my early residences had the stairs outside only on the backside).
If you have ever been in downtown Montreal, you will see this on most of the old residential structures.
And… I can tell you that it is darn cold walking up those stairs to the upper floors in the dead of the winter when the winds are blowing and the stairs are icy.
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