This blog looks at the historic buildings of the Glebe in Ottawa, Canada.  The focus will be both on urban planning: past, present, and future.  It will try to tell the stories of the buildings, streetscapes, and people that have defined the area over the past century and more; and will look at ways to protect the neighbourhood’s streetscape heritage.

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  1. I’ve lived in the Glebe for over 20 years and I loved reading your posts and looking at the photos. I almost wept when I saw the photo of the Bank of Nova Scotia at Bank and 4th. Why someone would tear down a beautiful stone building and erect the eyesore that’s there now is a mystery to me. But I digress.. Can you offer some advice on where to find some downloadable photos of Bank Street in the Glebe from 1970’s and 1950? I’d like to use them as part of the decor for the tea I’m organizing during the upcoming Glebe House Tour in September. Any guidance you have would be appreciated.

    • Sorry to take so long in getting back to you. I would suggest the best place to look for photos of the Glebe for the dates you mention would be the city if ottawa archives and also parks canada’s historic sites and documentation documentation centre…the latter has images taken of glebe residences in the 1970s as part of a cross Canada inventory of historic buildings…it’s called the CHIB for short. As for your query bout why they wod tear the old bank, well, they did that kind of thing more readily in the 1960s and 70s than they do today…there was less measures of protection in place and no one really thought that something old was actually worth something…now we’re starting to think differently, I hope.

  2. Hi! Nice to hear from you and thanks for asking with regards to re-publish! I actually have a couple of other images that I’ve found since this post that I should perhaps add to the post before you republish. Have you seen my other post on this area? https://glebeheritageblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/ordnance-lands/ You’d be welcome to re-publish that as well if you like. What is the deadline for when you need this in your paper?

    best regards,

  3. Andrew, i have heard that a house on Clemow that was once the residence of an early Ottawa mayor has been sold to a developer and . is to be demolished. Am trying to find out more information. Are you aware of this?

  4. I would love to get a digital copy of the wedding photographs of Gwen Clemow, my grandmother, that you posted on March 24, 2013. The text reports they’re from Library and Archives Canada but I can’t figure out how online access works. I love the photographs; I have quite a few of her but not these. I have very few of Charles A. O’Connell whom she married and who died less than ten years later.

    • Hi! The digital copies are online via Library and Archives…I can did up the reference info for you and send it along. If you can provide any more info Gwen and Charles, that would be great, it would fill in the history for this particular house!

  5. I would certainly appreciate the Library reference! Gwen and Charles had three children: Patricia (my mother), Alistair and Daniel. Although they were all young when Charles died in 1919 (influenza, I presume), Alistair and Daniel followed him into mining. Gwen worked to support her three children – I wish I knew more about that. Alistair and Daniel worked for many years in Africa – in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, returning to Canada in the ’60s. My mother moved to New York City in the late ’30s.

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