1938 vs. 2014

Why Ottawa Past & Present?

A few decades ago, Ottawa was drastically different: Sparks Street was thriving, people were actually living downtown and at LeBreton Flats and a train could bring you to the heart of the city. The narrow and institutionalized vision of bureaucrats, the rapid expansion of car use, and a generalized neglect of architectural heritage changed the urban fabric of the Capital.

The Gréber Plan and the NCC transformed Ottawa for the worse.
One building at a time.

We promote intensification and discourage sprawl. We are not against tall buildings, but we have a lot to say about bad design.

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77 Sherwood Street, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

1962 versus 2015

The 77 Sherwood Street most likely had four apartments. Sherwood Street was oriented along the North-South direction and was located between Broad Street and Booth Street.The public plaza in front of the War Museum now occupies the same site nowadays....

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49 Booth Street, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

1962 versus 2015

The 49 Booth Street in Lebreton Flats was occupied by a light industrial building, probably a production centre for the J.H. Connor & Son washing machines if we relate to the advertisement on the North side of the building.Booth Street...

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