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Streetscape Memory Bank: Ottawa’s architectural heritage in photographs

By Maria-Helena Pacelli on July 27, 2016

Do you ever wonder, when looking at old building around the city, what stood there before?

Andrew Elliott is an archivist and freelance architectural historian and he has made it his mission to uncover the history of Ottawa’s old buildings and streetscapes and tell their story. Using archival photographs from the Library and Archives Canada’s collection, Andrew focused in on the architectural and social history of Ottawa’s urban development from 1912 to 1938. Using images of different cityscapes showing streets and buildings in various parts of Ottawa, he began to understand this period as a crossroads for change in the city’s urban planning.

When he started writing the Streetscape Memory Bank column for Apt613 three years ago, he was already planning on turning these articles into a book, but publishing books is expensive, so to fund the project, he decided to start a crowdfunding campaign so the book would be ready for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The crowdfunding funds will help go towards helping with printing costs for the book, and also for any additional costs relating to the digitization of images so that the book can be affordable for the public.

To find out more about the Streetscape Memory Bank project, check out Elliott’s archive of articles on this site. We also recommend taking a look at the Heritage Ottawa Facebook Page.