How "Did" Nun's Island "Became" Montreal Most "Desirable" Area?
Had the game of Monopoly version of Montreal been invented in the 17th century, the most valuable square on the board would not have been Nuns Island. Back then, there weren’t many house number plaques on its walls. Mind you, there weren’t that many walls, either. Today, this may be the home of Montreal's most exclusive neighbourhood. But circa 1769, and until 1950, Nuns' Island was an agricultural land and home for the sisters of the Notre-Dame de Montreal Congregation.
A new era has changed in 1956 when the island was sold to The Quebec Home and Mortgage Corporation Ltd. company, whose president is Judah Leib Gewurz. Gewurz' envision to
build something out of the ordinary eventually becomes reality; one of the most spectacular residential developments in Montreal. 1965, ten years later, Nuns' Island is leased to MSI of Chicago, mandated to build a ‘dream city’ with tenants moving in 1968.
It wasn’t long before the area’s reputation grew with the construction of Les Pyramides in 1979 and Les Jardins de l'Archipel in 1980, two very first major condominiums building of pyramid shape in Montreal
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