The Tragic End of Miss Eileen Clemow

Miss Eileen Clemow, part of the well to do Ottawa family in the late 19th and early 20th century, was considered quite a beauty of her time when this photo was taken in 1902 when she was 21. She was granddaughter of Senator Francis Clemow and the niece of Adelaide Clemow.

But in 1907, after a prolonged illness, and after a previous attempt to poison herself, she shot herself with a revolver.  It was reported that she might have done so because she had been jilted after being engaged to a prominent politician.  You can read more of the tragic story here.

Mutchmor School Proposed Additions

This photo shows the original 1895 section of Mutchmor School (photo credit Mike Kamermans, Flickr, Aug 18, 2011)

Architect Barry Hobin (and Associates) is going to be doing the design for the upcoming Mutchmor school addition and if you missed the open house a few days ago, you can see the proposals here: and here.

I’m not sure I like the new design…it is not sympathetic with the original historic structure and does not appear to take into consideration the heritage characteristics of the heritage designation.

Addendum: Read a more detailed study of the heritage value of the school by heritage conservation architect Ken Elder.

Ottawa Ladies College Hockey Group, March 1906 and Carleton College

This photo shows a group of women playing hockey in 1906.

They are part of the ottawa women’s college which was established in 1869 and used to be located near downtown.  In 1913 a new building was designed by architect Alan Keefer (1883-1952; also architect of  ‘Stornaway’) and it was opened in 1914. It was located in he Glebe at Lyon and First avenue.  The college would become Carleton College in 1948 (the building below as it looked in 1948) where classes would be held until the late 1950s, when the college would become a university, and moved to just south dow’s lake.

As you can see from the following images (courtesy of the carleton university archives) the college was very much part of the glebe, using a number of different nearby buildings, such as Glebe St. James Church (now the GCC ) for a ceremony:

Or a house on first avenue,ca. 1948, used as thestudent union

Or the street used for a marching band in 1952 for convocation:

The roof  of nearby 291 first ave was used for various activities, such as hanging graduation gowns in 1952:

And the rest of 291 first avenue was used by the school of public administration: