A library and an opera house that straddles an international border


The Haskell Free Library and Opera House (French: Bibliothèque et salle d’opéra Haskell) is a neoclassical building that straddles the international border in Rock Island (now part of Stanstead), Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont. The Opera House opened on June 7, 1904, and was deliberately built on the border between Canada and the United States. It was declared as heritage building by both countries in the 1970s.

Today, the library has two different entrances (one from each country), and hence, two different addresses: its American address is 93 Caswell Ave, while its Canadian address is 1, Church St. Exiting the library through the opposite entrance requires one to report to the country’s customs thereafter.

The library collection and the opera stage are located in Stanstead, but the main entrance and most opera seats are located in Derby Line. Because of this, the Haskell is sometimes called “the only library in the U.S.A. with no books” and “the only opera house in the U.S.A. with no stage”. Another entrance is accessible directly from Canada, and used to be a backdoor to the stage before, but reconstructed in 2013 in order to remain open to its Canadian visitors without the need to report to customs and immigration of either country.

A thick black line runs beneath the seats of the opera house and diagonally across the center of the library’s reading room to mark the international boundary. The stage and half of the seats are in Canada, the remainder of the opera hall is in the US.

Architecture Du Jour

Gotta love all them old former Canadian Pacific Railway Hotels, like the similarly gorgeous other ones – the Banff Springs Hotel (also designed by Price) and the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, the Royal York in Toronto… Oh, they are glorious, but indeed, the Chateau Frontenac is truly the grandest of them all, in its design.

Uncouth Reflections

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


Le Château Frontenac, Quebec, designed by Bruce Price.

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Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral

NunatsiaqOnline 2014-07-25: NEWS: Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral.

I think it’s hilarious – and awesome!

Too bad for wimps who don’t like reminders of what their chicken starts out as – a feathered bird that needs to be plucked, before it becomes poultry…

“Alouette, gentille alouette,
Alouette, je te plumerai.”

“Little skylark, lovely little skylark,
Little skylark, I’ll pluck your feathers off.”