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Place Ville Marie 50th Anniversary Quiz

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Place Ville Marie 50th Anniversary Quiz

On Sept. 13, architects, engineers and family members of late Place Ville Marie developers, are gathering to share their memories of the core cruciform building they helped complete 50 years ago. When Place Ville Marie opened on Sept. 13, 1962, it made history.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How often does the iconic PVM spotlight flash over your home? (Photo by John Kenney, The Gazette)
    • A. 

      About 10 seconds. Seems like a strobe light.

    • B. 

      It takes 32 seconds to go full circle.

    • C. 

      It's perfectly calculated to take one minute.

  • 2. 
    The fastest person to climb the stairs to the top of PVM did it in 8 minutes, 11 seconds. Who was he? (Photo by Marie-France Coallier, The Gazette)
    • A. 

      A firefighter.

    • B. 

      An Olympic sprinter.

    • C. 

      A local police officer.

  • 3. 
    By what name do Montrealers fondly refer to Place Ville Marie?
    • A. 

      The Mother of Underground Shopping.

    • B. 

      La Grande Soeur de grate-ciel.

    • C. 

      La Grande Dame de Montréal.

  • 4. 
    Who designed PVM? (Photo by Norma Gomez)
    • A. 

      Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners. Henry N. Cobb designed the IMF HQ in Washington.

    • B. 

      Fumihiki Maki, one of the few Japanese architects of his time to have worked and studied in the West.

    • C. 

      Moshe Safdie, the genius behind Habitat 67.

  • 5. 
    When PVM opened, it made history as a pioneer of underground shopping and was the start of Montreal’s 33 kilometres of subterranean passageways. It was also:
    • A. 

      Canada’s tallest building.

    • B. 

      The first building to be constructed above a train station.

    • C. 

      The first building to feature a revolving spotlight.

  • 6. 
    Including the underground levels and the floors used for entertainment at the top, the cruciform office building at PVM was how many storeys high when the project opened? (Photo by Marcos Townsend)
    • A. 

      42

    • B. 

      44

    • C. 

      47

  • 7. 
    Which of these popular Montreal retailers had a store in the PVM promenade on opening day? (Photo by Phil Carpenter, The Gazette)
    • A. 

      Stokes

    • B. 

      Le Château

    • C. 

      Brown's Shoes

  • 8. 
    What was the name of one of the seven original restaurants at Place Ville Marie? (Photo by Tedd Church, The Gazette)
    • A. 

      Bluenose Dun

    • B. 

      The Redfin

    • C. 

      Café de la Ville

  • 9. 
    Which bank was the lead tenant of Place Ville Marie’s office building? (Photo by Marcos Townsend, The Gazette)
    • A. 

      Bank of Montreal

    • B. 

      Scotiabank

    • C. 

      Royal Bank of Canada

  • 10. 
    What company currently owns Place Ville Marie? (Photo by Tim Snow)
    • A. 

      Brookfield Real Estate

    • B. 

      Ivanhoe Cambridge Group

    • C. 

      Oxford Properties Group