Canadian Architecture Collection
Virtual McGill


the evolution and early history of McGill University
McGill campus as it might have been


Choose a building by:

location and see an aerial view of the campus
faculty or department (how the building is used)


Learn about:

the architects who designed McGill buildings
the people who donated McGill buildings

Virtual McGill: Campuses and Buildings documents the physical evolution of McGill University, both historically and photographically. The viewer, when entering the site, has many options which have been divided into three major sections, History, Buildings, and People.

Within the History section, there are two options. The first, the Evolution and History of the Campus, shows a series of engravings and aerial photographs taken of the campus since its beginnings. The second, Proposed Plans, invites the viewer to see McGill as it might have been, had the designs of certain architects been completed. Each of these sections is accompanied by explanatory text.

The Buildings section offers the viewer three ways of looking at specific campus buildings. In the first, Aerial Photograph, a contemporary aerial photograph of the campus, divided into regions, is presented and the viewer chooses an area to examine more closely. From here, a specific Building Page may be reached which contains several photographs and a detailed history of the chosen building. The Name and Faculty options allow the viewer to look up a specific Building Page by name, or look up a faculty to see the building in which it resides.

The section titled People gives the viewer the choice of looking up a building by its Architect or its Donor. The Architect category offers a list of designers of individual buildings. When a name is chosen, the viewer is presented with a list of buildings by that architect. At this point, the viewer may choose to see photographs and a complete history of any Building Page listed. The Donor category works in the same manner.

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