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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675 Wellington Street, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

1962 versus 2015

The former 3-story building that occupied the 675 Wellington Street in Ottawa was the next door neighbour of Denis Ranger Drug Store at the corner of Booth and Wellington. ...

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Former Booth Street & Duke Street Intersection

1962 versus 2015

This comparison demonstrates a bit more the industrial past of Lebreton Flats.  We don't have the exact story of the buildings shown on the archival photo, but it seems that the garage at the corner of Duke and Booth had...

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