Gabor Szilasi

One of the most prolific of Quebec’s well known and widely respected photographers, Gabor Szilasi photographed the building of the Turcot Interchange. Here are some oldies from around 1967 when it was mostly completed.

In this one you can see clearly that the old canal bridge at de L’Eglise was in fact a swivel bridge. The legend has it that it was cut in half – half of the bridge still stands there – in order to allow for the building of the interchange, but this photo shows that wasn’t necessary.They ended up landfilling the south side and half the bridge remained in use for motor vehicles until about 5 years ago when the Monk Boulevard bridge was built. The building on the left side of the bridge is now the Muzo Hotel where your pet can stay while you are away.

There was a road going up to this location.

And here the Ville Marie has yet come to meet Turcot and Glen Yards appears to still be quite active.

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3 responses to “Gabor Szilasi

  1. The hand that holds the highway like a butler holds a tray – one of Montreal’s most inspiring sights. Did they do that on purpose?

  2. Yep, but no one sees it anymore. There was absolutely an artistic edge to the original project. It was built at the same time as Expo ’67 so you can bet there was an enormous swelling of pride on this project. Sadly, things changed here as we saw the Olympic Stadium project become a monument to greed and self indulgence at public expense on a level that defied logic but continues to inspire. In less than 10 years we went from “top of the world” to “bottom of the barrel” in terms of public pride and community achievement.

  3. The Côte-St-Paul bridge could not have been cut in two “for the interchange”, because the canal itself did not close until a few years later; the bridge had to be able to keep opening to let the ships pass, and half a swing bridge does not works very well…

    Incidentally, this is why the Turcot and St-Pierre interchanges are so high-up in the air: they had to allow sufficient clearance for the ships to pass underneath.

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