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amanfromnowhere Feb 24, 2012 3:29 PM

Ottawa: Then and Now
 
Nice photo comparison of Elgin & Sparks (1901 vs 2012) by Alexandre Laquerre (spacingottawa):

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6...d419355f_b.jpg

Elgin & Sparks – 1901 c. 2012

Harley613 Feb 24, 2012 6:53 PM

wow i didn't realize that the war memorial area used to be a row of buildings like that, very cool!

bikegypsy Feb 24, 2012 7:02 PM

I had no idea about this... Those buildings in the back of the image are fantastic!

Admiral Nelson Feb 24, 2012 7:40 PM

The older image is lovely. What's the building that used to be where the NAC is?

McC Feb 24, 2012 7:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Admiral Nelson (Post 5603843)
The older image is lovely. What's the building that used to be where the NAC is?

City Hall?

McC Feb 24, 2012 7:58 PM

To preemptively blunt some of the NCC rants that I can feel coming on this thread, a lot of the lovely buildings that were on Elgin over 100 years ago were lost to fires.

kevinbottawa Feb 24, 2012 9:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McC (Post 5603886)
To preemptively blunt some of the NCC rants that I can feel coming on this thread, a lot of the lovely buildings that were on Elgin over 100 years ago were lost to fires.

I still blame the NCC. They were probably responsible for the fire.

amanfromnowhere Feb 24, 2012 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McC (Post 5603872)
City Hall?

yes... from wiki:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...%2C_Ottawa.jpg

lrt's friend Feb 25, 2012 4:19 AM

What a stunning photo comparison. I have never seen this perspective of downtown in the old days. It always seemed to be from Sparks Street.

City Hall in the background burned in 1931. Perhaps if times were better, the building could have been salvaged but after significant debate, it was demolished. Likewise with the Russell House Hotel, another beautiful structure seen in front of City Hall. It was Ottawa's premier hotel until the Chateau Laurier opened and ultimately the latter put it out of business in the mid 1920s. The abandoned hotel burned in the late 20s and was demolished to make way for Confederation Square. What is not seen was another magnificent building, which would have been behind the buildings on the left, the old Post Office. That building did not burn but was demolished to make way for the war memorial in the late 1930s. The 1930s were a tough time in Ottawa as many beautiful structures were torn down, at least partly because of the Great Depression.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ion_Square.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ion_Square.jpg

The Post Office and Russell House Hotel to the left

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_19390428.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_19390428.jpg
Just after everything was demolished.

acottawa Feb 25, 2012 9:26 AM

Thanks for the pictures. They're all quite interesting.

It is less noticeable now that the concrete has coloured and the landscaping is in, but it is striking how much influence fascist architecture seems to have had.

Winnipegger@Heart Feb 25, 2012 12:19 PM

Wow, what a find. Thanks!

eemy Feb 25, 2012 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acottawa (Post 5604752)
Thanks for the pictures. They're all quite interesting.

It is less noticeable now that the concrete has coloured and the landscaping is in, but it is striking how much influence fascist architecture seems to have had.

What influence are you seeing? I'm not terribly familiar with fascist architecture, but a visit to Wikipedia seems to suggest far more simple and classical lines than you see here.

m0nkyman Feb 25, 2012 1:55 PM

I think he's seeing it in the War Memorial.

amanfromnowhere Mar 1, 2012 4:03 PM

Another Then&Now from SpecingOttawa (By Alexandre Laquerre)

Coin Bank & Somerset – vers 1935 c. 2012:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7065/6...0c921385_b.jpg

http://spacingottawa.ca/2012/03/01/c...s-1935-c-2012/

amanfromnowhere Mar 1, 2012 4:14 PM

Intersection Sussex & Rideau – ~1910 versus 2012

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7208/6...5fa1a999_b.jpg

By Alexandre Laquerre

http://spacingottawa.ca/2012/02/16/i...0-versus-2012/

amanfromnowhere Mar 1, 2012 4:23 PM

By Alexandre Laquerre

Elgin @ Laurier 1939-2011.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6...0aa54021_z.jpg
http://spacingottawa.ca/2011/11/30/m...3-1939-c-2011/

Rideau Canal 1933-2012
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6...297b663f_b.jpg
http://spacingottawa.ca/2012/01/09/c...nant-et-avant/

Sussex & St-Patrick 1940-2011
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6...9ed99ce6_z.jpg
http://spacingottawa.ca/2011/11/20/m...-1940-et-2011/


Looking north at the Rideau Canal 1901-2011
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6...5d2058cc_b.jpg
http://spacingottawa.ca/2012/01/16/l...ant-1901-2011/

amanfromnowhere Mar 1, 2012 4:54 PM

By Alexandre Laquerre

Sparks @ Wellington - 1885 vs. 2011
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6199/6...ed0e382b_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexlaq...n/photostream/

Sparks & Rideau
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6...fc0e5ed8_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexlaq/6711775211/

drawarc Mar 3, 2012 12:59 AM

From Urbsite:

King Edward Avenue(late 1930s vs 2011)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TsDmFw5b1t...0/P6020052.JPG
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s4DZqzD6yK...kingrideau.jpg




http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oK9BM4wRhD...0/P5010075.JPG
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qz68jGwP_i...ecathcart2.jpg



More photos available:http://urbsite.blogspot.com/2011/06/...-massacre.html

Davis137 Mar 3, 2012 1:50 AM

Wow, Simply stunning collection of photos and comparisons...it's too bad that Ottawa, Toronto and a few other cities wasn't a little bit more like NYC, wheras more of the old buildings are retained and restored. As mentioned higher up the page, I'm aware of many being destroyed by fires or other things, but some shouldn't have been demolished just to be replaced by a higher tech building without character or substance.

Anyways, it's a lot of fun to see pictures like these, and see the way things used to be...

S-Man Mar 3, 2012 7:40 AM

Those are some beautiful shots, and some great buildings at Elgin and Sparks. Those wide open spaces of the Greber plan make the 'after' shots seem less urban and cold. Strange.


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