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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50 Ottawa Street, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

1962 versus 2015

The 50 Ottawa Street at the intersection of Booth Street was once again light years away from where the same location is in 2015.  The 3-story building had interesting architectural details like its pronounced cornice and the tiles at the...

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82 Fleet Street, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

1962 versus 2015

The 82 Fleet Street shows the ambiance and lifestyle that used to exist in Lebreton Flats.  The 3-story building with a grocery store on the ground floor surely contrasts with the improvised parking sitting on former lot F-8-19 when the...

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