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Metro Roulette: U-de-M, Handsome and Sober

Posted by Sara / June 26, 2006

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On St. Johnny's Day, I had a blind date with my Metro-de-Roulette: Université-de-Montréal, which translates roughly to "University of Montreal." It made a dandy first impression, and not just on me:

The first striking feature noticed at this handsome and sober station is that its main entrance is integrated into the natural slope of the mountain. This discretion lets the station melt gracefully into the landscape crowned by the towers of the University of Montreal above.

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Within the station, clerestory windows let light stream down into the volume over the platforms, overlooked from the mezzanine above. The central area is constructed with strong angles giving a range of interesting perspectives and aspects.

Designed by architect André Léonard, this blue line stop was innaugurated in 1988 and is adorned with two terra-cotta murals, including the one pictured above. At a mere 764.60 metres from Metro Côte-des-Neiges, it's a short walk from lots of tasty African, Vietnamese and other restos... but I'll probably get cornered by some shrill local if I venture into that territory in this post. So. What're we left with? This awesome little squirrel? He was so worth the trip.

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There's also a--wait for it--university! U-de-M has a very pretty, very green, very art-deco campus. It's the second-largest francophone university in the world, after the Sorbonne, and there is actually a crappy little apartment building across the street called the Sorbonne. S3000114.jpgThe school is of course the site of the École Polytechnique massacre, although the memorial Place du 6-décembre-1989 is in nearby CDN.

Intrigued by this sign (not to mention this license plate), I looked it up on the intermaweb upon my return home. It turns out that this stretch of Édouard-Montpetit is part of Tour du Mont-Royal, a brutally steep bike course known as "les Alpes en ville." The 8.3 km path offers breathtaking views of the city... if you're not already huffing and puffing from the climb. The course is used for the Women's Cycling World Cup, which apparently happens in May. I am totally going to train for that. I am also going to start putting my Family First.

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Discussion

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Dave / June 28, 2006 at 10:40 am
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ooohhhh....UofM is both awesome and a hard one to review. It's proximity to both Cote Des Neige AND Eduard Mont Petit really limits what to review.

But you are indeed correct. The station itself is just magnificant. It goes to show that by the mid to late 80's, they really cared about how the stations looked. Also, the UofM campus is just beautiful. I'll have to do a photo review of Montreal Universities soon.

Nice review Cheezor!
J Mac / June 30, 2006 at 12:03 pm
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Yeah, when I used to take the 51 bus alot, I was always perplexed by the metro station configuration. It seems like you stop at Edouard Montpetit, then go around a corner and stop at U de M. I guess 30,000 students attend, so maybe that kind of station distribution makes sense.

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