750 Bank Street, then and now

From the Ottawa Archives, I’ve recently found the following shot of W.J. Lintell and Sons food market, as seen in January 1954:

In 1936, they had opened their grocery store in the Glebe, as seen here in the Ottawa Journal:

And here’s the same location today…though 750 is technically now the building next door where the Bridgehead is located!

Heritage at the Great Glebe Garage Sale

Here’s an interesting event that the Glebe Heritage Committee is promoting:

WHAT? A One-Day Heritage Plaque Event in the Glebe
WHY? To celebrate the wonderful architecture and social history of the Glebe.
WHEN? During the Great Glebe Garage Sale on Saturday May 23, 2015image
WHO? The owners/residents of Glebe homes with support from the GCA Heritage Committee.
HOW? Prepare and install a simple temporary plaque/sign and attach it a stick or tree on your lawn near the sidewalk that identifies the history or your home and its architectural style. This could include details on the builder/architect and details on it’s historical occupants.

You can find a basic 1/2 page template and an example here: (MicroSoft Word Document) (or by e-mailing us at heritage@glebeca.ca), or feel free to design your own! Type it up, handwrite it, include photographs, whatever you like! We suggest you print it on a 1/2 page adhesive label than can be adhered to a foam board/cardboard and stapled to a long wood stake.

During last year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale, the GCA Heritage Committee and Heritage Ottawa partnered to conduct a trial of a one day plaque event of all the homes along Glebe Avenue East of Bank and Linden Terrace. The trial was a great success enjoyed by both the residents of the buildings as well as many hundreds of visitors who passed by and read the plaques. The Heritage Committee would like to make this an annual feature of the GGGS and in help increase awareness and appreciation among residents and visitors of the special and value heritage character of our Glebe neighbourhood.

For additional information on how to research the history of your home, check out the City of Ottawa Archives guide on Researching the History of your Home. For other assistance or questions, contact the Heritage Committee at heritage@glebeca.ca. The committee is happy to help identify the architectural style of your house or prepare your label for you with any information you might have.

Frank Tyrell’s House

I recently had an article published in Apt613 about the photographer Frank Tyrell, which you can read here.  Tyrell photographed Monkland Avenue in the 1930s for the Federal District Commission:

 He also photographed Bronson Avenue: Worth mentioning is that Tyrell could be considered a defecto Glebite…well, he grew up in what is now known as the Glebe Annex, at 426 Cambridge Street.  The house is at the corner of Cambridge and Plymouth.  It once was a beautiful red brick home with some interesting features, such as a side and front verandah:   image

Here’s a close up of the detail of the front:


Notice the back of the house, which has an unusual addition, although in this google streetview the new addition can be seen.image Unfortunately, as the google street view images show us, a more recent addition with awful siding has completely obliterated much of the side verandah and the red brick walls and the trees: imageBefore this addition, the house might have had a good chance of being designated a heritage home…the addition, a cheap add-on not in keeping with the look of the rest of the place, completely destroys any chance of historic designation.  Ugh, Frank Tyrell would have said.

Some of the houses nearby to Mutchmor House (later Protestant Home for the Aged) in the 1870s and 1880s

note: This post was originally published in 2012 but has been updated with new information.

The top photo is 910 Bank Street, ca. 1870s, built for John Garland and later the home of Alexander Maclean and the later still Annesley College before demolition in 1949.

Here’s another view of the house, as seen in 1892 when it was the home of Mrs. Thomas McKay:

Currently occupied by a parking lot and the Beer Store.

Next door was the home of his business partner, John Mutchmor, now called Abbotsford House, and built in 1873 (and seen here in 1928):

John Mutchmor, businessman and land speculator, as seen here in the 1870s.

Here’s his partner John Garland in 1875:

Here he is again in 1896:

And here is his wife, as seen in 1874:

And here is the first store Garland and Mutchmor ran in downtown Ottawa), ca. 1871, at 110-116 Sparks Street,

And here’s another view of their store on Sparks Street:

Here is interior of the next store Garland an, on his own, as seen in 1892:

Here is the exterior of one the buildings he had constructed, known as the Garland Building, at Queen and O’Connor, as seen in 1898:

At bottom is Elm Bank House, built by another Ottawan, Thomas McKay, and located on the south side of the canal near where the Sunnyside public library is now. (Misidentified in the LAC catalogue as the John Garland House.)

More closeup views of Elm Bank, as seen in 1873:


Possible Railway Line Through North Side of Glebe

In October 1909, the Ottawa Journal reported the possibility of a new railway line through the northern portion of the Glebe, which, as noted in the following Ottawa Journal Article understandably upset a number of new homeowners (and Powell and Clemow of Clemora Realty) on Powell and Clemow Avenues.


This obviously did not happen and Clemora Realty was able to continue promoting the area as a prime place to move to and build a home, as is evident from the following advertisements in the local papers over the next few years:




The following is a particularly nice ad for a house located on Powell Avenue, from the Sept. 28 1912 Ottawa Journal: