Sunday, August 9, 2009

Jardin Botanique de Montréal

Botanical Gardens, Montreal

The Botanical Gardens in Montreal were establised in 1931 but it wasn't until 1937 that the main Administration Building was constructed.

Botanical Gardens, MontrealThe building was designed by Lucien F Kéroack with reliefs by Joseph Guardo and Henri Hérbert.

This relief by Hérbert above the door to the Administration Building shows two girls enacting the rhyme "Queen of the Meadows, Tell me the truth", pulling the petals from a daisy.

Other reliefs on the exterior of the building will be the subject of tomorrows post.

The foyer is relatively plain with Art Deco style lighting, curved heating units under the windows at the base of the two sets of stairs that climb from each side of the reception area and feature these metal handrails.

Botanical Gardens, Montreal

The flooring includes this wonderful pattern of stylised lillies.

Botanical Gardens, Montreal

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