Another Montreal icon on the endangered species list is the Elmhurst Dairy Cow Heads. Well known for decades the cow heads were removed a few years ago as Parmalat, which took over from Elmhurst, is slowly building new facilities.
This story starts with the discovery by an urban explorer that the cow heads could be found inside the old Salvation Army Eventide building adjacent to the old dairy and now owned by Parmalat. Partially demolished the building is easily accessed and there was growing concern that the cow heads were vulnerable to thieves and or vandals.
The Gazette published this article along with a picture of the cow heads in their original place by Gordon Beck.
Photo: The Gazette, Gordon Beck
Here are some images from Eventide taken by an anonymous urban explorer.
You can see that some vandalism has already taken place.
*I’m ready for my close up, Mr De Mille*
A shot from Toaster.
And here is the shot that started this whole “investigation” from another anonymous donor.
I hear on the ‘ol grapevine that Parmalat has said they would like to restore the cow heads to their building when renovations are completed. Also I hear that both Concordia and Montreal West have offered safe storage space for the cow heads until then. So it seems we have a potential happy ending here. Stay tuned.
And there is this site by Matt Soars, whose enthusiasm is downplayed for some reason in that Gazette article, about classic signs in Montreal.