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Montreal Flickr user DubyDub 2009 is putting together a growing set of shoebox house photos from different parts of town.
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Is it true that some of those houses were turned into duplexes (or maybe even triplexes) by adding floors?
It wouldn’t surprise me, but these days they usually just demolish them and start from scratch.
This one (my photo from 2006) was replaced by this architectural doozie you can see in Google Streetview (mind you, it could technically have been rebuilt on the remains of the shoebox), and Spacing had a 2007 piece about a pair of adjacent shoebox houses in Villeray torn down to make room for condo buildings.
There’s quite a few of these in Place-Saint-Henri and a few left in Little Burgundy, too.
Also in Rosemont and Petit-Patrie and there’s a few in Ville Émard….I’ve heard about the ‘duplexification’ idea too…
I’ve seen a few of them get extra storeys over the last couple years. The Montreal vernacular of exterior staircases going to the second floor makes the conversion super easy. This one in Villeray was recently turned into a triplex and was done really well.
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