The amazing ice palaces of Montreal will make you wistful for winters

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TreeHugger has shown a lot of ice hotels, often built with new, fast, spray-on technologies. But back 1883, for the first Winter Carnival in Montreal, they did it the hard way. "At the frozen St. Lawrence River they cut blocks of ice, which measured 42 inches by 24 inches by 15 inches and weighed 500 pounds each."

Architect A. C. Hutchison, who normally worked in stone, (The Ice Cubicle says he worked on the Parliament Buildings) designed the project; it was photographed by William Notman, perhaps Canada's greatest photographer.