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.
We have designed a few poster related to Ottawa (and some about Montreal & Quebec City). We started to do silkscreening at home and this is the end result.
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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....>> View Comparison
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...>> View Comparison