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OTTAWA: Centretown 1

This is a late Victorian to early 20th century neighbourhood just south of downtown Ottawa. The neighbourhood features some great
looking townhouses and nice leafy streets. Centretown covers a large area and contains some of Ottawa's best Victorian housing, so
I'm doing it in parts. This part covers the area between Bronson and Kent.
































































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Great pictures! My favourite neighbourhood in Ottawa, and so many places I remember so well.

I've always liked this place, and went to a party in one of the buildings next door:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...own1/00098.jpg

Always wondered what the deal with these places was too:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...own1/00101.jpg

Obviously the siding belies their true age, which I'd guess to be in the 1880s or 1890s. The middle one may even be earlier.
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Great pics!!!
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Very nice!
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Fantastic urban neighbourhood!
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Great pictures! My favourite neighbourhood in Ottawa, and so many places I remember so well.

I've always liked this place, and went to a party in one of the buildings next door:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...own1/00098.jpg

Always wondered what the deal with these places was too:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...own1/00101.jpg

Obviously the siding belies their true age, which I'd guess to be in the 1880s or 1890s. The middle one may even be earlier.
I think these small frame houses were once plentiful in the areas around the fringe of downtown now covered by highrises. I was looking at some old pictures of Ottawa showing a rather haphazzard array of small wooden houses surrounding the downtown area, much like Hintonburg.

A couple other observations:
I love the look and colour of Ottawa's old brick. It looks like a fairly hard brick that stands the test of time well. Either that or gentrification has led to a lot of expensive brick cleaning. It looks like there was a concerted effort to plant trees sometime in the last 20-30 years, many of the trees are not that old. These kind of neighbourhoods look so much better with trees and greenery.

Another thing I noticed is that a lot of these houses have very high foundations, which adds to the "tall" character that gives late-Victorian neighbourhoods their urban presence.
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Some really great looking homes. A lot of these brick structures look like they've been maintained pretty well.
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Nice pictures. If you had told me that this was Hamilton, I would've believed you. It looks much more similar to Hamilton than that other Ottawa neighborhood that you showed. Why do you think that is? Maybe the same developer or designer? Maybe just similar tastes?

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This building is interesting. Not only can you see the faded painted sign for the store, but you can see where the door at the corner of the building used to be (probably diagonal to make it easy for people comign from both directions to go in).
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Nice pictures. If you had told me that this was Hamilton, I would've believed you. It looks much more similar to Hamilton than that other Ottawa neighborhood that you showed. Why do you think that is? Maybe the same developer or designer? Maybe just similar tastes?

This particular neighbourhood is definitely southern Ontario in style. It has very little Quebec flavour, it's more English, like Toronto and Hamilton. A lot of the similarity comes from the bay and gable townhouses.

Some of the many late Victorian townhouses with bay and gable in Hamilton





On the flip side, Hamilton also has a some of these Ottawa style houses. It's just a basic house, but I call them Ottawa style because they are everywhere in Ottawa, one of the generic filler houses here. The first pic is Hamilton, the second is Ottawa.



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Now this is a nice looking neighbourhood! Wow, it amazes me the beautiful old neighbourhoods out east. Definitely a different pace and style from the Prairies. Look at all that brick! Beautiful, beautiful housing! Is it a wealthy area? It must be a verrrrry nice area to walk through. And your pictures quality could not be better (what cam do you use?)!
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Is it a wealthy area?
Sort of. The area has definitely gentrified and the houses that are well maintained aren't cheap. There are plenty of places that have been subdivided into apartments (or retained the original division from when they were built) that rent for a pretty reasonable rate.

Historically I think Centretown (Uppertown) was the wealthier English section of Ottawa.
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Beautiful neighborhood and photos. I always liked Ottawa when I was there, very photogenic, but my trips have been to short...
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Nice tour as usual, Flar. There are some beautiful homes up that way.
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What a cool neighborhood. It definately has a strong Hamilton/Toronto vibe with the brick Victorians.
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Sort of. The area has definitely gentrified and the houses that are well maintained aren't cheap. There are plenty of places that have been subdivided into apartments (or retained the original division from when they were built) that rent for a pretty reasonable rate.

Historically I think Centretown (Uppertown) was the wealthier English section of Ottawa.
To a degree, but I believe Sandy Hill used to be Ottawa's wealthiest neighborhood, up until the 1920s or so. There are some incredible old mansions tucked away in there.

And flar, I found what you called the "Ottawa-style" house interesting, because it's different from how I use the term. I've always considered this to be Ottawa-style, since they're all over the older parts of town and I haven't really seen any similar examples outside of the city:



The style I'm referring to is the one on the right. Tall, narrow profile, arched roof, and often with balconies right over the door. They're very distinct, and very Ottawa, IMO... nearly every older neighborhood in the city has examples of 'em.
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^^I would agree those gambrel roof houses are quintessential Ottawa, they're very plentiful and unique to Ottawa and one of the first things I noticed when I moved up here. They were mostly built around 1905-1920ish I think. But you do see that gambrel element even in some of the Victorians. They even start to show up in the later south and west parts of Centretown. I was thinking about Ottawa's Victorian-era styles in this thread for the ones I called Ottawa-style above, since there are so many of them in Ottawa's 19th century neighbourhoods like Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Centretown.


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Now this is a nice looking neighbourhood! Wow, it amazes me the beautiful old neighbourhoods out east. Definitely a different pace and style from the Prairies. Look at all that brick! Beautiful, beautiful housing! Is it a wealthy area? It must be a verrrrry nice area to walk through. And your pictures quality could not be better (what cam do you use?)!
This is my favourite kind of neighbourhood, a great pleasure to walk through. I think part of what makes these neighbourhoods so walkable is the architecture and aesthetics, not just the physical layout.
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Wow. Another awesome Ontario neighborhood. Some of those houses defy description.
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