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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Archambault 

Where: 500 rue Sainte-Catherine Est


Café Cléopâtre

Where: 1230 boulevard Saint-Laurent


Le Chapelier Henri Henri

Where: 189 rue Sainte-Catherine Est


CN

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


Hydro-Québec

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


Ritz-Carlton

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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