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!