“If you look for the truth outside yourself,
It gets farther and farther away.
Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step.
It is the same as me, yet I am not it.
Only if you understand it in this way
Will you merge with the way things are.”
The Point gets more familiar as I walk it yet it continues to surprise with its architectural diversity and urban beauty.
Headed along Charlevoix. Lovely porch.
Yet another interesting take on the Montreal triplex.
Little green space on the corner.
Corner of Rozel and Charlevoix. This was the Vogue Theatre. I used to go with a friend when we were around 10 for the Saturday afternoon triple feature – 3 b movies for 55 cents and it had one of those fantastic self serve popcorn machines that was only 10 cents for a good bag and looked something like this.
Connie’s Pizza on the corner of Coleraine, excellent pizza but don’t bother with the vegetarian unless you are seriously into onions.
Good looking yard.
Unusual windows on the second floor.
Balconies are not automatic in the contemporary world.
I wonder how often those steps have been changed?
And the street ends at Parc Sammy Hill.
It’s a fair sized field on this side but not really set up for anything.
Corner of Butler and Coleraine.
Former business? Seems to really stretch back there.
Different take on the witch’s hat.
Talk about stairs that go straight up!
Repeat worthy because, well, who needs balconies anyway?
Nice little front yard.
Beresford is a very short street.
Feeling funny about this shot , which does give you a feel for this stretch of Rushbrooke street, because it just looks like a car ad.
Again, wondering how long those stairs last?
It almost looks like some buildings were removed, house seems sort of slim to have so much room around it.
I did not date my walks but this was in early August and by the lighting you can already sense that autumn is coming.
I almost feel like knocking on a door.
Wonderful mixture, not sure of the purpose of this green space but looks good.
Good in so many ways.
An old timey looking shutter that actually opens!
Doesn’t look like the Point, but now I know it can.
The late summer/early autumn light is awesome but you have to be careful on city streets as it gets very contrasty.
Coming up to Hibernia.
Hibernia and Wellington, Marguerite Bourgeoys Park.
Let’s take a step back…
Dormer windows almost always look nice.
The gate may be superfluous but it all looks elegant anyway.
Can’t stress enough how much I like that green stuff coming up from the cracks.
Off the wall, so to speak, but I love this approach (or is it just incomplete?).
Yep, sometimes it’s just the lighting, ask any poet, ask anyone who has ever been in love….
Back up towards Hibernia once again.
Home of The Point Saint Charles Art School.
Might be unique in that you have an exterior staircase that actually turns back in towards the building.
I wasn’t kidding about the contrast of this time of year, it will be very bland come late overcast November…so hold on…
And this was mid August…
Otherside of the school building.
Could use a little work.
Former Hogan’s Bath on Wellington, now condos.
House angled away from the street.
And a really strange looking deal back in there.
What the sign says…
Love the lane on a diagonal.
The wall on Knox.
Moving along Charon.
Could use some finishing touches…
Pizza joint on the other corner.
The Point could use more local shopping and while I am sure these apartments on Wellington are quite fine, it is potential commercial space getting used up (never thought you would hear me say that, did ya?).
Heading up Bourgeoys.
Coming up to the tracks.
Taking the lane back down to Charon.
A particularly bland building with mediocre attempts at art on the side ( I guess I have always wanted to say that, somewhere, sometime lol).
A+ for preserving the spirit of the buildings.
Almost random shot of the back of a church.
Rue de Paris, best I can do this year 🙂
Strip of slim homes on Fortune.
Better view from straight on.
Part of Ecole Saint Gabriel.
I have to admit, I do get curious as to what these places look like on the inside.
Coming up on the Maison Saint Gabriel museum and historic site.
Nice willow tree on the property.
Housing project to the west on Place Dublin.
Almost the suburbs.
Yonder lies Le Ber Park.
Back on Wellington, looks like a former doctor’s residence.
Everything at an angle.
Must be easy for getting out to shovel snow without letting a blast of cold in.
Back at Charlevoix and Wellington. And I think I will sit down here and wait for the bus.
The Point is awesome. These walks have two dimensions, the actual walk which is experiential, if not out and out spiritual, and the blogging of the walk which is more interpretive, theoretical, and mainly an exercise in story telling.
Show and tell.
Some of you may notice that I have included a lot of silly, fun, goofy, you get the idea, links with each picture. This was a simple experiment to try to place random connections between words and images and whatever Google might throw up. Sometimes it works, other times, not so much. All I can say for sure is that it is very time consuming so it’s unlikely I will do it on this scale again. But, one never knows, maybe the concept just needs some tweaking…
Up next? The exciting finish in my quest to walk every street in Point Saint Charles. Until then, take care!