Centretown

1939
2012
Roxborough Apartments on Elgin in 1939
Lord Elgin Hotel on Elgin Street in 2012
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-5
Heritage building destroyed. Sterile green space.
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This picture was taken in 1939 just after Elgin Street was widened. Roxborough apartments (as well as many other buildings) were demolished to make room for the Confederation Park as proposed in the Greber Plan. To the far left, the First Baptist Church is hardly visible, while the Lord Elgin...
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~1920
2012
Roxborough Appartments
Corner of Elgin and Laurier
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-5
The Roxborough Apartments were the most luxurious in Ottawa. Emptiness now stands were they were.
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-3.3
35 votes
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The Roxborough appartments were demolished because M. Gréber and its master plan call for a park at this very location.  Several other buildings were removed to make room for the Confederation park....
~1910
2013
Slater Street at Elgin Street
Slater Street at Elgin Street
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Attic Postcards
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We gave it a
-4
Demolition of New-York style apartment buildings. Widening of Elgin Street.
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-3.5
62 votes
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The two towers that are shown on the postcard are the Wood Apartments which were located on Slater Street (unlike what is written on the postcard).In 1938, Elgin Street was widen which sacrificed the first row of buildings East of Elgin Street.  About twenty years later, the implementation of the...
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~1900
2014
Marie Street around 1900 in Ottawa
Laurier Avenue in Ottawa in front of the Confederation Park in 2014
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-5
Regression in the urban fabric. Increase in car traffic.
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This comparison is a good example of regression in Ottawa’s urban planning – where a fairly tight urban fabric has been replaced by a more sterile environment. Maria Street, renamed Laurier Avenue, was widened from 3 to 5 lanes and parking on its sides was made illegal, probably to...
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