When is the last time you saw images of youth in a museum exhibition? Maybe it’s hard for you to recall? That’s probably because it has been a historically rare occurrence in museums.
Streetscape Memory Bank: Lost Uppertown’s commercial district continued: Wellington Street from Lyon to Bay
Just when you thought that one could come to the end of the history of Uppertown, this lost neighbourhood coughs up some further interesting pieces of information.
Do you ever wonder, when looking at old building around the city, what stood there before?
Streetscape Memory Bank draws on Library and Archives Canada’s photographic records of Ottawa’s past to create a picture of Ottawa as it once was. Be sure to take a look at parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of our journey through Uppertown, and check out our complete Streetscape Memory Bank archives here. In the 1913 […]
Last time, we looked at the residential area of Uppertown’s Cliff and Vittoria Streets. To refresh: in Ottawa, on February 27, 1912, the Federal Government expropriated all properties located in Uppertown, an area bounded by Bank, Wellington, and Bay Streets and the cliff along the Ottawa River. On March 9, 1912, a notice of expropriation […]
The Bytown Museum is one of the oldest structures in its vicinity, no small claim for a building flanked on either side by Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier. Though those stately buildings house plenty of history, they are all predated by the structure that became the Bytown Museum (commissioned in 1927) by nearly one-hundred […]
One place that evokes fond memories of Ottawa’s past shopping fortunes is the old Charles Ogilvy Ltd. store (or Ogilvys) on Rideau Street. I am just old enough to remember how the Ogilvys was in its last days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even then, it was a place of old world grandeur […]
When I was invited to tag along on The Ottawa Free Tour, a new activity on offer, I didn’t have to think it over much – they had me at “free”. With scarcely anything in life that doesn’t put a dent in my bank account, I’m clearly going to jump at anything that costs nothing. And […]
Andrew Elliott is an archivist who by day works with the federal government and by night is a freelance historian who is interested in architectural heritage issues. Elliott has written for Blacklocks Reporter, the Glebe Report, and the Peterborough Examiner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This occasional column will take a look at Ottawa’s […]