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Skyscrapers in Downtown Montreal at night.

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Montreal ranks skyscrapers in the Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec by height.

In order to preserve the integrity of the skyline, Montreal law forbids any building from reaching an elevation higher than that of Mount Royal, or 223 m above mean sea level. The exception to the rule is Saint Joseph's Oratory, at 128 m including the rooftop cross, it is the city's 23rd tallest building and tallest religious structure. It is the only building allowed to reach higher than Mount Royal, not counting the cross and telecommunication towers located on the mountain. (Above-ground height is further limited in most areas and very few downtown land plots are allowed to exceed 120 metres in height.) 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). The only way to reach higher than 1000 de La Gauchetière while respecting this limit would be to build on the lowest part of downtown near Tour de la Bourse; the maximum height there would be approximately 210 metres.

The tallest residential building in Montreal is the H-shaped Port Royal at 1455 Sherbrooke Street West; it is 123 m/403 ft tall with 33 storeys, and built in 1964.

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The skyline of Downtown Montreal as seen from Mount Royal.

Tallest buildings

This list ranks Montreal skyscrapers that stand at least 122 metres (400 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. 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. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Height
metres (ft)
Floors Year Notes Image
1 1250 René-Lévesque 230 m (755 ft) 47 1992 Originally known as the IBM-Marathon Tower, this building is the fifth tallest in Canada when its spire is taken into account. Not counting the spire, it is 199 m (653 ft) to the roof.[1 ][2 ]
1250 René-Lévesque
2 1000 de La Gauchetière 205 m (673 ft) 51 1992 [3 ][4 ]
1000 de La Gauchetière
3 Tour de la Bourse 190 m (623 ft) 47 1964 [5][6]
Tour de la Bourse
4 1 Place Ville-Marie 188 m (617 ft) 47 1962 [7][8]
Place Ville-Marie
5 Tour CIBC 187 m (613 ft), 250 m (820 ft) (including antenna) 45 1962 [9][10]
Tour CIBC
Tour de Montréal 175 m (574 ft) 20 1987 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. The Tour de Montréal is the tallest inclined tower in the world.[11]
Tour de Montréal
6 1501 McGill College 158 m (519 ft) 36 1992 [12][13]
1501 McGill College
7 Complexe Desjardins South Tower 152 m (499 ft) 40 1976 [14 ][15 ]
Complexe Desjardins South
8 Tour KPMG 146 m (479 ft) 34 1987 [16][17]
Tour KPMG
9 Tour Telus 140 m (459 ft) 34 1962 [18][19]
Tour Telus
10 Place Montreal Trust 134 m (440 ft) 34 1988 [20][21]
Place Montreal Trust
11= Marriott Château Champlain 133 m (436 ft) 38 1967 [22 ][23 ]
Marriott Château Champlain
11= 500 Place D'Armes 133 m (435 ft) 32 1968 [24][25]
Le Tour de la Banque Nationale
13 Complexe Desjardins East Tower 130 m (427 ft) 32 1976 [26 ][27 ]
Complexe Desjardins Tour Est
14= Tour Scotia 128 m (420 ft) 29 1990 [28][29]
Tour Scotia
14= Tour de la Banque Nationale 128 m (420 ft) 28 1983 [30 ][31 ]
Tour Banque Nationale.JPG
14= Tour Bell Canada 128 m (420 ft) 28 1983 [32][33]
Tour Bell Montreal.JPG
14= Centre Mont-Royal 128 m (420 ft) 28 1974 [34][35]
Centre Mont-Royal.jpg
18 Tour Terminal 125 m (410 ft) 30 1966 [36][37]
19= Sun Life Building 122 m (400 ft) 26 1931 [38][39]
Sun Life Building
19= Le Port Royal 122 m (400 ft) 33 1964 [40][41]
Le Port Royal

Timeline of tallest buildings

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.

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

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference
Notre Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West 1829–1928 69 / 226 7 [42][43]
Royal Bank Building 360 Saint Jacques Street West 1928–1931 121 / 397 22 [44][45]
Sun Life Building 1155 Metcalfe Street 1931–1962 122 / 400 26 [38][39]
Tour CIBC 1155 René Lévesque Boulevard West 1962 187 / 613 45 [9][10]
Place Ville Marie 1 Place Ville-Marie 1962–1964 188 / 617 47 (originally 44) [7][8]
Tour de la Bourse 800 Victoria Square 1964–1992 190 / 623 47 [5][6]
1000 de La Gauchetière 1000 De La Gauchetière Street West 1992–present 205 / 673 51 [3 ][4 ]

See also

References

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