Anyone interested in Lowertown history should read the April 28, 2014 article on Urbsite about the former General Hospital--now called Bruyère Hospital--at the corner of Sussex and Bruyère.
It includes this fascinating fact: 'The addition on the second storey of a matching pair of sundials, in 1851, was designed by Father Jean-François Allard, a geometry teacher. These sundials marked the first public timepiece in Ottawa and are considered to be unique in North America.'
The CapitalModern.ca website publishes features about "modern architecture" in the national capital region, generally regarding works constructed during the years of 1945-1975.
The site has dedicated a page to before and after pictures of the Union du Canada demolition and the new construction site at Dalhousie and York streets in Lowertown. Last month Capital Modern added a research document prepared by the LCA's Heritage Committee back when it was trying to save the Union du Canada building. Click here to read the LCA's March 18, 2013 submission to Ottawa City Council and its Built Heritage Sub-committee.
Post and photo collage by Michelle Ramsay-Borg
The NCC just issued an RFP to hire consultants to prepare a “Capital Illumination Plan”. This will provide a strategy to illuminate the unique buildings, monuments, districts and streetscapes of the national capital. The intent is to create a cohesive nightscape and reduce energy. The NCC organized a workshop on 31 March to seek suggestions from the public on what should be illuminated. Most of the work teams identified the ByWard Market as an area that should be illuminated.
The NCC will select a few special pilot projects to complete before the 2017 celebrations. The money for the plan and the special projects will be paid for out of the NCC’s regular capital projects fund. The NCC has indicated that they are interested in working with partners to do pilot projects. There is here an opportunity to work with the NCC to select the Market for a pilot project.
This article originally appeared on The Ottawa Jewish Archives Facebook page.
Well, in 1956 congregations Adath Jeshurun and Agudath Achim amalgamated to form the Congregation Beth Shalom. The Adath Jeshurun synagogue at 375 King Edward Avenue was then converted to function as the Chevra Kadisha – the Jewish Community Memorial Chapel.
Every year in March, city staff spend a couple of weeks on the Rideau River just upstream from the Rideau Falls, cutting key lines for ice floes that are first blasted apart, then freed to float down into the Ottawa River. It's a flood management strategy that has saved many a property in Lowertown and elsewhere along the Rideau over the years. (Photos by G. Blaze)
Written by Michelle Ramsay-Borg; photos by Greta Grip
Waller Mall, which runs between Rideau and George east of Dalhousie, was yarn-bombed on February 10th by Lowertown resident Greta Grip. The art installation, which is supported by the City of Ottawa, is meant to be up until the end of March. Greta recounts that while she was putting up the yarn sleeves, a man asked if he could take one tonight if he's cold. Greta, who is as warm and welcoming as her work, said yes. By the way, wasn't the sky an impossible blue today?
The Lowertown Community Association depends on volunteers to accomplish its goals.
We have a great contingent of volunteers who contribute from a few hours per month to about a day a week to help out in a variety of roles and capacities, but we need more. If you would like to volunteer for any of the positions listed below, complete the short contact form on the Volunteer page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention which position or committee interests you most.
Written by Liz Bernstein
This week Lowertown community members invited Councillor Mathieu Fleury to join us on a winter walkability audit. Led by John Woodhouse, we gathered on William Street and noted issues with the construction barricades up for the LRT station and delivery trucks when parked in front of the Highlander which prohibited pedestrian access. It would be easy to move the patio to accommodate all.
We then went through the Market. Some of the great ice sculptures placed on the sidewalk could be better placed in a parking spot. On Clarence/Parent we noted one blocking the sidewalk coupled with a truck for work on the building that made it impassable. Some of the snow that was cleared was actually piled in the crosswalk on Clarence. We also noted some large A-frame signs on William and Clarence, blocking passage.
We then went on Guigues Street to King Edward Avenue and up York Street. Besides these issues, we noted sidewalk snow clearing seemed better than last year during our walk in January 2014.
What do you think about snow clearing for pedestrians this year?
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