- Established in 1817 and set up on St-Jacques Street in 1819, this bank is the oldest in Canada. This location, for years its head office, features an imposing façade designed by British architect John Wells in 1847, and modelled on Romanesque structures. The bank's interior is remarkable for its vaulted-roof lobby and four bas-reliefs. The overall effect is lavish and spectacular. It represents symbols of an age gone by, when successful corporations would signal their prosperity, stability and importance by creating ornate cut stone and sculptures. The lobby is free to explore.
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