Sunday Drive – More Views of the Driveway Near the Glebe

We can thank the Department of the Interior for taking some amazing documentary streetscape shots of Ottawa in the 1920s.  Today, I bring you some shots of the Driveway at various vantage points near the Glebe (Some of them are also by Topley and some unidentified photographers). The first shows the Driveway near the Elgin Street subway…that is, the underpass that went under the railway in the northeast corner of the Glebe, near the Pretoria Bridge.

The second shot shows the driveway as it passed over the Patterson Creek Bridge.

Next we pass by the ends of Fourth and Fifth Avenues, near where the Canal Ritz is now and the nearby pond and flower beds:

After passing through Lansdowne Park and under those remarkable gates, as seen here ca. 1912 or so…


…you would pass under Bank Street Bridge, a Sunday Driver might pause a moment to contemplate the quiet waters of of Brown’s Inlet (ca. 1911):

Or perhaps look back at the engineering marvel of the bridge itself  (after 1914):

Of stop and enjoy a moment of contemplation in this rustic arbour near Brown’s Inlet:

After this, the driver would begin to encounter the landscape near what is known as the Deep Cut,

Once through the wilds of the Deep Cut, motorists might encounter Bronson Avenue, a sleepy road in those days, and have the choice of turning south over the swing bridge, which lasted until the current bridge was built in 1959 (This photo is by Topley).

And finally, once past Bronson, drivers would be able to contemplate scenery of Dow’s Lake, and, if they only looked one way, ignore the giant Fraserfield Lumberyard owned by J.R. Booth:

And Voila! a perfect Sunday Drive!


OMB Interim Decision 174 Glebe Avenue

The OMB has provided an interim decision on 174 Glebe Avenue, and it is a study in compromise.  It gives the City of Ottawa, the developer, and the residents on the street each something to be happy about while enforcing the idea that any new development must for the most part conform to the existing historic pattern of the Glebe Avenue Streetscape.  Therefore, the interim ruling states, among other things, that there be a zoning amendment to allow for:

1. R4m Zoning permitting a low rise apartment dwelling

2. Front yard setback will conform to the existing streetscape pattern of 5.5 meters

3. That the front section of any new building be no more than 11 meters, or three storeys

4. That the back section of any new building be no more than 13.33 meters, or four storeys

All applicants are given 2 months to come up with an appropriate bylaw for the OMB’s consideration.

There is more, but I will let you read the ruling, which can be found here.

Roundabout at Elgin and Pretoria, Aug. 24, 1938

This is an interesting photo discovered in LAC’s photographic vault, under accession 1979-140.  As one can see, there is a double streetcar line that appears to veer off to the left as it goes over the bridge to Old Ottawa East, and you can just see a streetcar as it heads over the bridge. Notice the effective roundabout and the tiny stoplight which efficiently routes traffic for  Hawthorne, Pretoria, Elgin, and the Driveway.  The north end of the Glebe is still visible, with  the houses that stand at the corner of Pretoria and the Driveway.  You can see a before and after shot of this intersection done by Alexandre Lequerre. You be the judge as to whether the streetscape is improved or not by the traffic lights.