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Location DB > Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Motel RaphaŽl - Knights Inn
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Motel Raphaël - Knights Inn
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created by magstb on 2/7/2010 4:46 PM
last modified by magstb on 5/28/2016 5:57 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
7455 Boul De Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
Owner:
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features

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  • fences
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2009
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     History
    Farewell, Motel Raphael
    by Martin C. Barry


    Following what has to be one of the most prolonged demises in the history of hostelry, Motel Raphael on Ste. Anne de Bellevue Boulevard just south of Montreal West has closed and been boarded up after declaring bankruptcy.

    The motel, which was acquired a few years ago by the Knights Inn chain, was pervaded with 1950s kitsch, including a roadside swimming pool. Over the years, a number of film makers sought out Motel Raphael as an atmospheric period location for shoots.

    Motel Raphael had its heyday in an era before the construction of the nearby Autoroute 20 elevated interchange, when Ste. Anne de Bellevue Boulevard was the starting point of the main highway between Montreal and Toronto.

    More than 40 years ago, Motel Raphael already had a seedy reputation as a haunt favoured by jailbirds. While a good number of motels continue to operate on the St. Jacques Street strip, they are small in comparison to the sprawling Motel Raphael, which had many dozens of units.

    The motel’s future is in the hands of bankruptcy trustees Samson, Belair, Deloitte, Touche. Located across the street from the area where Transport Quebec plans to demolish the Montreal West segment of the Turcot interchange, the Motel Raphael site sits directly opposite the point where the provincial ministry plans to configure new exits and entrances to the autoroute.



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    Motel Raphael - Knights Inn - Montreal - 6 fevrier 2010
    Sun, Feb 7th, 2010
    posted by magstb
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    Vintage et photos du passť
    Tue, Feb 9th, 2010
    posted by magstb
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    From Les Invincibles and Street View and ..Fire.
    Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
    posted by swiftman007
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    Motel Raphael - Knights Inn - Montreal - 7 novembre 2013
    Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
    posted by magstb
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  • on Jun 1 16 at 7:12, Steed validated this location
  • on May 28 16 at 17:57, magstb changed the following: Status, Accessibility
  • on Jun 25 14 at 8:54, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 8 13 at 2:01, magstb added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 8 13 at 1:57, magstb created a new gallery
  • on Aug 16 11 at 15:36, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 16 11 at 15:36, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name
  • on Aug 15 11 at 16:19, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Aug 15 11 at 4:28, swiftman007 updated gallery From Les Invincibles and Street View and ..Fire.
  • on Aug 15 11 at 4:28, swiftman007 updated gallery picture The Fire
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