The Heritage Reference List and Heritage Priority Areas

The following is a map from the heritage reference list, ca. 1982: It shows  the areas that the city considered should be designated heritage conservation districts.  There were 30 such “areas of priority” and you will notice that the Glebe had two, at number 17 (Glebe Strathcona) and number 30 (Central Glebe).
The second map comes from the Heritage Reference List, ca. 1992:

30 years after the first map came out,  the Glebe  just  got its first (small) HCD, but not in the area that was originally proposed….so what happened? Why haven’t more areas been designated in the Glebe?


Peeling off the Skin of 192 Fifth Avenue

The following series of images show the prelimnary work that was being done on 182 Fifth (across from Mutchmore School)  earlier this fall.  I should note that some of this work was actually done before the work permit was actually approved by the city, and the sign saying so was placed in a window.    I would not call these comestic changes, by any means, minor, and one in particular actually involved demolishing a one storey addition down to the stone foundation.

I note also that this house has stood  here on its good stone foundation since the late 1890s, and yet the stone foundation was later removed and the house raised and a new concrete foundation was put in, and work is now being done to put in a new 3 storey addition that effectively turns the house into 4 units. More on this in a later post.


Demolition Watch…50 Ella Street (Demolished) and 50 Craig (Demolished Nov. 8, 2012)

50 Craig Street (above)

Update: 50 Craig Street demolished Nov. 8, 2012

50 Ella Street (below)

Update, June 23, 2012: 50 Ella Street demolished. 

These two houses are threatened with demolition in the Glebe, as the march of a certain kind of progress continues.  In both cases, the developers are proposing to construct three storey modernist boxes that take up most of the lot and have little conformity with the existing structures in the neighbourhood.

A Day Trip to the Ottawa Electric Park – ca. 1890s

Before the Ottawa Improvement Commission beautified the Glebe around Patterson Creek, and turned it into a park, there was another park, on the edge of a much larger expanse of water: the Ottawa Electric Railway Park.  It was a innovation by the new street railway to get people to go out for picnics to the new and still relatively undeveloped suburb (the Glebe),  land that had just been annexed in 1889 by the city of Ottawa.  The first images in this set shows the old Grove Hotel (by 1892 converted into the Ottawa Snowshoe Club clubhouse), located at what is now the northeast corner of Bank and Clemow:

This was a lovely setting, for Patterson Creek was actually a large pond or inlet from the canal, and so you would get a scenes like this right next to Bank Street :

There was even a stage and refreshment stand so that picnic goers could come and listen to concerts:And what betrter

And what better way to get people to the park and fill all those chairs but to take the street railway down Bank Street! This is the case in the next shot, which shows the  Ottawa Church of England Sunday School group going there in July 1893!