Frosty Receptions: Snow Palaces and Ice Hotels Around the World

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notman ice hotel montreal photo
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Ice is perhaps the greenest building material; it is made by nature and at the end of its useful life just melts away. Nor is building with it new; Igloos have been around forever and Ice palaces were a very big deal in the nineteenth century. This grand one in Dominion Square in Montreal was built from 10,000 blocks of ice 40"x 20"x 12" cut out of the St. Lawrence river in 1888.

Credit: William Notman, Scanned from Portrait of a Period