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.
This plan is a continuation of decades of debate between those who see the Ottawa River as a place of serenity for local residents, and those who see it as an under-utilized asset in the middle of the nation’s capital.
Jacques Gréber is arguably the most important person in Ottawa’s history. If you want to know why Canada’s capital looks the way it does, then you can thank (or blame) this famous French architect who played a pivot role in our city’s development. Following a request by Prime Minister MacKenzie King, the Gréber Plan was released in 1950. […]
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 […]
When we think of the Greber Plan, we tend to think of the bigger, more obvious things that were done to the city, such as the widening of Elgin Street or the ripping up of the railway lines out of the downtown area, or the creation of the Greenbelt. What is less well-known is Jacques […]