A History Of Tile In Montreal

Montreal tile showroomOne of the charming aspects of living in Montreal is the diversity of architectural styles. These styles differ from one another, as do facets of the same jewel, each reflecting the light in its own way and illuminating the others to bring more beauty to the whole. Many of the buildings in the jewel that is Montreal are surfaced in tile, either outside or in walls and floors.

The earliest buildings in Montreal are buildings that proclaim its status as a French province. Stroll through the Old Montréal and the classical principles of 1664 France are evident, including a reliance on tile. Look for tile; in one form or another you will see it in many historic sites spanning the centuries since.

For instance, the Sun Life Assurance Building used terracotta tile extensively, as well as a luxurious array of marble tiles inside during its 1918 construction. Even the iconic Habitat 67 has individually-chosen tiles in the terraces and cubes its inhabitants call home. The tiles used in Old Montréal are different than those in the Sun Building or Habitat 67, but they are equally valued.

Today’s Montreal homes and businesses continue to rely on tile to provide a durable, attractive surface for walls and floors. Natural stone tile has been used in Quebec since the 1727 edict that all buildings be made of stone without the fire hazards of outside wooden embellishments. The local craftsmen did their best to interpret the desires of the homeowners; dreams of France, need for fire control, use of local materials, etc. and came up with the rich historic architecture enjoyed today. Tile has been part of Montreal’s heritage since the beginning and continues to be important today. Éco Dépôt is proud to share this heritage.