On November 10, the borough of Ville-Marie announced that it would give special protection to some of Montreal's most iconic signs.

The 19 signs all over downtown Montreal "were selected for their landscape, aesthetic and social value," according to a statement.  

"Whether classified, interesting or modest, our heritage contributes to the identity of our neighbourhoods," said Mayor Valérie Plante.

"Ville-Marie's architectural and landscape heritage is a collective treasure that we must all cherish."

"Concretely," the borough said, the signs' status means that their "removal or transformation [...] must now be approved by the borough."

The complete list of signs and their histories is up on the city website. Photos of the signs, courtesy of the borough of Ville-Marie, are below.

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Where: 500 rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Café Cléopâtre

Where: 1230 boulevard Saint-Laurent

Le Chapelier Henri Henri

Where: 189 rue Sainte-Catherine Est


Where: 935 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest

Da Giovanni 

Where: 572 rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Farine Five Roses

Where: 930 rue Mill

Guaranteed Pure Milk

Where: 1025 rue Lucien-L'Allier

Holt Renfrew

Where: 1300 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Horloge La Presse

Where: 7 rue Saint-Jacques

Hôtel Nelson

Where: 421 place Jacques-Cartier


Where: 75 boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest

Maison Birks

Where: 620 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Molson Brewery 

Where: 1670 rue Notre-Dame Est

Northeastern Lunch 

Where: 1001 rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Photo Service

Where: 222 rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Place Bonaventure

Where: 800 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest


Where: 1228 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Théâtre L'Olympia

Where: 1002-1018 rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Wing's Nouilles Chinoises

Where: 1009 rue Côté 

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