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Andrew Elliott

Columnist / Streetscape Memory Bank

Andrew Elliott is a private archivist at Library and Archives Canada. He will be publishing a book on Ottawa's historic streetscapes in late 2016 or early 2017. He can be reached at or

Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times

Ottawans were witness to a major announcement on February 8, 1938.  On this date, the Ottawa Journal reported that the Government of Canada had unveiled and approved Jacques Greber’s plan for the beautification of Ottawa. “Greber Plans to Convert Ottawa into a Picturesque World Capital”‘ trumpeted the headline.  As front page news, this was indeed […]

Streetscape Memory Bank: The old Post Office and Customs Building

In looking at the major revisioning of Ottawa that took place from the late 1930s, there is one early casualty that has intrigued me more that others. I am thinking of the old Post Office and Customs Building, which was located roughly in the same spot as the War Memorial is now. Demolished in the […]