Some of the influential figures of Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood, ca. 1890s-1920s

William Washington Wylie (1860-1921), one of the important people of Ottawa in the 1890s and early 1900s.  He built streetcars, and was responsible, along with Thomas Ahearn and William Soper for expanding Ottawa and other Canadian cities.  Streetcar suburbs, such as the Glebe neighbourhood, grew quickly.  Wylie retired in 1911, and built a house for himself at 190 Carling Avenue (now Glebe Avenue).

Francis Conroy Sullivan, the hot-tempered Irishman and daring early 19th century Ottawa architect.  Sullivan was a follower of Frank Lloyd Wright, and of the Prairie School of Architecture, and is responsible for designing the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, which was completed in 1914.  I wonder what he would think of current plans to move the building and rehabilitate it?  Ottawa did not appreciate his talents, and he left after a couple more years for Chicago, and then later to Arizona.George P. Mackenzie was known for being the Gold Commissioner of the Yukon and then, in the 1920s, for leading expeditions to the Eastern Arctic.  In this photo, he is with Dr. Frederick Banting and painter A.Y. Jackson; and is in charge of a 1927 expedition to learn more about the Inuit and establish Canada’s sovereignty over the the arctic islands.  He retired in 1930, but was kept on as a speaker for Canadian Government, and moved into a house at 517 O’Connor Street in the Glebe.


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