Join Norm Spatz, AB ’70, MArch ’72, for a virtual walking tour of Montreal's Circle Road, a giant real estate experiment by a development syndicate headed by Sir Herbert Holt, one of Canada's larger-than-life personalities from the last century. Holt, who was a key figure in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, also became the president of the Royal Bank, turning it into one of Canada's largest.
The development of Circle Road was a practice run for the creation of the Town of Hampstead, a nearby Montreal suburb. Both projects were built according to the principles of the Garden Suburb, a concept promoted by the urban planner Ebenezer Howard. The shenanigans employed by Holt to keep his name in the shadows during the purchase of the land from the sisters of the Congrégation de Notre Dame were truly draconian. The reason why Circle Road is a circle is another equally fascinating story.
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