Workers seem to be going ahead with plans to demolish the Redpath House, despite almost three decades of efforts to save the building.

Workers have already started to cut down several trees to make room for a new 80-unit student building that will replace the 128-year-old home. 

The home, located at 3457 du Musée Street, is on Héritage Montréa​l's list of threatened heritage sites.

It was built in 1886 by architect Sir Andrew Taylor and, according to Héritage Montréa​l, it is one of the rare remaining examples of Queen Anne architecture in the city

The home was originally built for the Redpath family, one of the most influential Montreal families of the 19th century.

Héritage Montréal and Save Montreal have been fighting to protect the home for years and obtained an injunction to stop the demolition in 1986.

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An artist's depiction of a new 80-unit student building is held up in front of the Redpath House. (Radio-Canada)