Guardian Trust Building

Old Montréal

One of several grand buildings along Rue St-Jacques, the 1902 Guardian Trust Building has helmeted women's heads guarding the entrance while those of lions and mermaids watch over on the 2nd floor. Entrance is closed to the public.

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