This 1937-39 photo series featuring Ottawa intersections was shot by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau (CGMPB) on behalf of the Department of Public Works, which was assembling the compilation for Jacques Gréber, author of the infamous Gréber Plan that reshaped Ottawa.
The Canadiana documentary web series takes an entertaining look at some of Canada’s lesser-known historical episodes. It’s now into its third season and recently released some major Ottawa content. “How the Cold War was started… in Ottawa” is the story of the defection of cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko, an employee of the Soviet embassy in Ottawa during World War II. He defected just a couple of days after the war ended… and arguably started the Cold War.
October’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Ashley Newall to support his sharing of colourized historical photos of Ottawa.
Ashley Newall makes a case for a new marina on the Ottawa River—just like back in the late 1800s.
In part two of this series, Eric Haar offers a tour of his personal choices for Ottawa-Gatineau’s most exceptional modern architectural landmarks.
In part one of this two-part series, architect Eric Haar highlights some of Ottawa’s most stunning architecture from before 1950.
Although many people will have seen the rainbow flag that flies proudly in front of Abiwin Co-op in downtown Ottawa, most will not know that this co-op was founded specifically to meet the housing needs of Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities. In honour of Pride Month, we spoke with Linda Wilson, one of the founding members of […]
Much has been written about what became of H.F. Brading’s Victorian-era brewery come the 20th century, particularly regarding infamous Ottawa-born magnate E.P. Taylor, who parlayed it into a gigantic beer empire. Then there’s the small matter of the SECRET BEER TUNNEL under Lebreton Flats, built around 1945. I won’t be talking about any of that: This is the largely untold story of the man who started it all, Henry Fisher Brading (1836-1903), and his original Union Brewery.
If you’re interested in Nicholas Sparks’ house, Apartment613 has you covered: this is the second piece on the topic to appear on the blog, the main differences this time around being colourized photos and a quirkier approach. Enjoy!
Sir Winston Churchill first appeared in Ottawa in December 1900 on a speaking tour, spinning the tale of his escape from the Boers, a highly publicized escapade that had just launched his political career. Immediately following the lecture, citing “fatigue,” he decided to blow off his next tour stop and sit tight for a bonus day in O-town.
Montreal’s William Notman took the first known photo series featuring Ottawa in 1859–60. After many years lying in obscurity, and with help from the Bytown and McCord Museums, Ashley Newall of Capital History Ottawa #colorized has dug them out for us to see.
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) launched a new NGC Conservation Internship Program for BIPOC students from across Canada to help increase the representation of professionals from diverse communities.
Step back in time with Ashley Newall’s colourized photos of Ottawa’s railway station through the years.
The current site of the War Memorial used to be the location of Ottawa’s grand post office and custom house. Check out the pictures of that beautiful old building here, in our latest Capital History article from Ashley Newall.
Ottawa Art Gallery’s Galerie Annexe presents the photo exhibition Stéphane Alexis: Chains & Crowns, until Sept. 12, 2021. Each photograph features a hairstyle of African descent; lit, framed and presented with extensively researched information.