This was Place Jacques Cartier (Jacques Cartier Square) in Old Montreal... about 1930. Market days were twice a week from 1803 until the end of the 1950s: merchants from across Quebec gathered here to sell fresh produce and other goods. (Note: Nelson's Column is the monument at the top right... erected in 1809 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.)
Today, Place Jacques Cartier is mainly a playground for tourists. It's a pedestrian zone that features bistros, bars, souvenir shops, street performers and artists selling Montreal / Quebec landscapes. We locals love coming down here too! During the summer months, there's nothing like sipping a glass of wine in an outdoor terrace while enjoying the va-et-vient (people-watch). If you're in the know, there are weekly private parties that are held in penthouse / lofts in this area too. NOTE: You are facing the harbour side... Walk 3 blocks straight ahead and you will come to the St. Lawrence River. Nelson's Column is directly behind you.
I was happy to discover that this building has not been demolished! Nor has it been de-faced with a modern front. In the black & white photograph at the top, look for the building with the "U. Perrault & Cie" sign, on the left side of photo. NOTE: Perrault is a family name that dates back to as early as 1634 in New France.
The greystone building next to it has also survived. From what I can tell, most of the building's architectural details have remained intact.