If there is no plaque outside the beautiful Victorian mansion at the corner of Sherbrooke and Stanley Streets in Montreal to tell passers-by about its first owner, there should be. (I’ll take a look the next time I walk by.)
This is the former home of Hugh Graham, 1st Baron of Atholstan, founder and sole owner of the Montreal Evening Star that eventually became Canada’s largest and most profitable newspaper. The home was built in 1895. Because Graham had no male descendant when he died in 1938, the barony of Atholstan became extinct. His home in the city’s Golden Square Mile was incorporated into the Rio Tinto Alcan complex in 1983.
Graham’s story is an interesting one. An article about the man and his home appeared in the Montreal Times.
Images of Graham’s family and interiors of his home are available on McCord Museum’s website.