WHA Winter Series Shaping the Future: Westmount and Beyond



The Westmount Historical Association is launching its winter series Shaping the Future: Westmount and Beyond on  Thursday, January 18  at 7 p.m. in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Library. This series examines Westmount’s longstanding mission to preserve its unique character. It looks at issues such as zoning regulations, heritage conservation, church conversion and power sharing with the City of Montreal.

The January meeting will focus on Zoning Pioneers: Westmount and Manhattan to be presented by Raphael Fischler, Associate  Professor Urban Planning, McGill University.

The New York City zoning ordinance of 1916 is seen as the first comprehensive zoning code on the continent.  But by 1909, Westmount already had a full set of land-use regulations that amount to a modern zoning code.  The origins, content, and meaning of New York’s 1916 code are well known. Those of Westmount deserve to be discussed as well.

Lectures are free for WHA members, $5 at the door for the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  for light refreshments before tje presentation that starts at 7 p.m.

The Westmount Historical Association hosts a number of events annually including two lecture series, several walking tours and exhibitions of photographs and other material from its archives.. For more information www.westmounthistorical.org


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