I was going to entitle this post, “Can we learn from the past?”, and then thought better of it. This shows the southeastern part of the Glebe from the air sometime in the early 1950s, showing the canal and the wide curve it takes around Lansdowne Park. You’ll notice the QE Driveway lined with trees hugging the canal, the road that enters into Lansdowne on a curve, the racetrack, the trees and evidence of landscaped lawns on the grounds of the park. There are various buildings that blend well into the landscape of the park that are now long demolished, but of course the Aberdeen Pavillion stands out. The densely green area just north of the park is of course the section of the Glebe that includes Adelaide and O’Connor Streets as well as Clarey and Holmwood Avenues.
The image is courtesy of photo collection from the soon to be closed NCC Library.
Addition, Sept. 29: After another visit to the NCC library, I present to you a colour shot of the same perspective:
Looking south, this photo is showing the area near where Elgin, Pretoria, and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway now meet today, this project involved building a road under the existing railway line that went east-west here, dividing Centretown from the Glebe (from the Ballantyne Collection at LAC) .
Here’s what further improvements did to the look of this area by the early 1920s (as shown in this Dept. of the Interior photo)
Before the historic Colliseum Building was demolished in August 2012 to make way for new development at Lansdowne Park, I went out and took some photos. I think the photos speak for themselves, but I will say that this was a solidly built building that could have easily been re-used and integrated into the new plans for Lansdowne.
ON SUnday September 16, Heritage Ottawa will have a walking tour of Clemow and Monkland Avenues. The tour starts at 2 pm at the Patterson Creek Pavilion and will look at the unique design of the street, the architectural housing styles, and will discuss some of the important people who lived here over the years.
Jason Lambert of 707 Construction does not do things in half measures. Since buying 89 fourth avenue a year ago, he has devoted his energy to restoring and renovating this beautiful ca. 1895 house. As you can see from the previous images, he has added a new side addition with garage, which perhaps is the highlight of the exterior job so far.
Compare with these images with one which shows the house as it lookeda year ago,
and you will see that not only has the brick work from the west facing wall gone into the front facade surrounding the garage door, but the heritage mason Lambert hired to work on this has replicated all the details of the original front facade such as the jack arches over the windows and the dentilwork of the bricks just below the roofline. There was also a wonderful square with floral rosettes that has also been incorporated back into an upper front side wall in almost the same location as where it had been before.
There is more to this story for another post, but safe to say that Lambert has displayed that you CAN re-use an old house and make something new, sensitive, and creative out of it without destroying the character of the historic streetscape.