Sited on nearly two acres set behind tall, verdant cedar trees in the heart of downtown Montreal's Golden Square Mile, industrialist and philanthropist J.W McConnell's former residence represents one of the most impressive estates in Canada.
Designed by renowned 1920's society architect Charles Platt, whose work graced the homes of the Rockefeller, Astor, Vanderbilt and Eaton families, this majestic 67 room Italian Renaissance Revival offers unparalleled luxury and artisanship throughout its grand living spaces and lush gardens. This prestigious property ensures absolute privacy and a perfect blend of habitat and security. It is opulent enough to have hosted lavish soirées for international dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, yet cozy enough for a family to enjoy living in.
Upon entering the house one encounters the magnificent wrought iron and gold leaf gate leading to the fifty foot long Reception Hall and its stunning Pillar Hall. Double doors open on to the light filled "High Room" boasting its finely coffered 21ft high ceilings, a bench originally commissioned in 1424 by the city father's of Siena Italy, and an imported antique Renaissance stone fireplace. The walnut panelled library and the expansive, coffered dining room, both feature doors that are a tour de force of Renaissance style painted decoration in the style of Raphael. Leading off the dining room one finds a fully fitted and equipped kitchen with high end appliances, ample family room and a fully equipped catering kitchen.
This floor also benefits from a light-flooded solarium set up as a posh after-hours lounge, and a magnificent marble staircase leading to the impressive second-floor landing and the bedroom suites. These private quarters include his and hers en suite bathrooms, dressing rooms and offices.
The third floor hosts additional bedrooms, gym, family room and spa. The spectacular rooftop terrace boasts an incredible panoramic view and features the nicest outdoor movie theatre in the city.
The basement features a beautifully appointed family room, a luxuriously panelled game room that converts to a working conference room, and a wine cellar.
Additional notable amenities include geothermal heating, separate staff quarters, a mechanically updated Otis Fensom double door, brass, turn of the century elevator servicing all floors, and indoor garage space for 10 cars. Rounding off this outstanding property of close to 2 acres, we find its magnificent grounds, featuring ponds, waterfalls, sculptures, and an amphitheatre all designed to make one relax and forget one is only a few minutes walk away from Montreal's best shops, restaurants, schools and museums.
Summary: 12 Bedrooms (some repurposed) 8 Baths 4 powder rooms 12 fireplaces 67 rooms 10 garage spaces
Surface Area and Dimensions of the building* Surface area of ground floor6,427 SF Surface area of the main5,597 SF Surface area of the second floor5,599 SF Surface area of the attic5,599 SF Total surface area above ground 23,222 SF Surface area of the basement8,783 SF Total surface area 32,005 SF
- figures provided by vendor
Driveway: Plain paving stone, Water supply: Municipality, Heating energy: Other -- Geothermal, Easy access: Elevator, Equipment available: Electric garage door, Hearth stove: Gaz fireplace, Garage: Heated, Garage: Double width or more, Garage: Fitted, Proximity: Highway, Proximity: Cegep, Proximity: Daycare centre, Proximity: Hospital, Proximity: Park - green area, Proximity: Bicycle path, Proximity: Elementary school, Proximity: High school, Proximity: Cross-country skiing, Proximity: Public transport, Proximity: University, Bathroom / Washroom: Adjoining to the master bedroom, Bathroom / Washroom: Separate shower, Basement: Separate entrance, Basement: Finished basement, Parking: Outdoor x 8, Parking: Garage x 10, Sewage system: Municipal sewer, Distinctive features: Wooded, Landscaping: Landscape, View: Mountain, View: Panoramic, View: City, Zoning: Residential