Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 2, 2013

Artifact of the Week – Bank of Montreal, Cornwall dollar.

Bank 1Cornwall was stamped onto the Bank of Montreal’s local branch in 1859, making this Cornwall’s first and only legal bank tender.  Over the years there have been “trade” dollars, but nothing backed by a chartered bank such as this.  The Bank of Montreal opened its first branch in Cornwall in 1857.

Colquhoun Block - S.W. corner Pitt St at 2nd St W

Colquhoun Block – S.W. cor Pitt St @ 2nd St W

The bank opened in the Colquhoun Block (Fullerton Drugs) from 1884 to 1911.  This building is still standing.  The top floors were removed due to a fire, and the brick work covered with siding.

Bank 3

This postcard shows the Bank in its present Pitt Street location.  Cornwall’s only Beaux Arts structure, the Bank built on this location in 1911, after fire consumed the Rossmore House.  This site was the original location of St. John’s Presbyterian Church.

The history of Pitt Street and Montreal Road will be highlighted in the  CORNWALL SCRAPBOOK, a 120 page photo essay of old Cornwall containing more than 350 images.  The book will be launched on October 26th at 2 pm at Schnitzel’s Restaurant.  It will be available for $25, either at the launch the Cornwall Community Museum or from the Friends of the Cornwall Public Library.   A walking tour of Pitt Street will be given on the day of the book launch, starting at Schnitzels around 2:30 after a beer or two.

Images ©Cornwall Community Museum


  1. This is very interesting. Love this site.

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