The Notre-Dame lookout balcony mystery
I was browsing through the Bibliothèque’s postcard archive on the weekend and spotted this image which made me curious. Notre-Dame used to have a lookout balcony? Since the news that St. Joseph’s Oratory was supposed to be allowing people up to a new observatory at the top of the dome as of 2013, I’ve wondered about the possibilities church buildings offer for views. After all, there are still whole swaths of town where churches are among the tallest buildings.
A Notre-Dame lookout from which we could see the Old Port would be a fine thing – and a good tourist draw as well. I wonder why they took it down, and whether they could be persuaded to restore it.
Side note on the library’s digital collection: the postcards, the Lovell directories and the Massicotte archive, while reliably interesting and useful, have been there a long time. I’m wondering when or if new material will be added to the site.