Old Ottawa South Community Association

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Ottawa South History Project

We are a group of local amateur historians whose interest is to research, document, and present facts and information about the history of Old Ottawa South in a fun and informative way. Get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Heritage Properties

A map to all the heritage properties in Old Ottawa South, linked to the Old Ottawa South History Project's write-up on each. Your own virtual historical walking tour of our neighbourhood.



  • blue pin = designated heritage property
  • red pin = significant heritage property
  • green pin = Heritage Survey 2009 property
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Long reads

Essays and reflections on the History of Old Ottawa South View items...


These are glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: reproduced snippets of news items and notices describing the old, as if it were new. View items...

What is a Craftsman-style Home?

Also known as the Arts and Crafts style of house architecture. And it seems we may have a few of them in Ottawa South. For a definition, we may defer to the experts: www.fine-woodworking-for-your-home.com/artsandcraftsstyle.html

Rideauville Residence

The photographer Henry Joseph Woodside lived in the part of Ottawa previously known as Rideauville. His extensive photo collection can be found at the Library and Archives Canada and includes many taken around the neighbourhood such as his house at 63 Aylmer Avenue. Credit: Henry Joseph Woodside/Library and Archives Canada/PA-016628

Charles Hopewell

Did you know that Hopewell Avenue was named after Ottawa's mayor from 1909 to 1912 Charles Hopewell? After the suburb of Old Ottawa South was annexed into the city of Ottawa in 1907, Hopewell was instrumental in getting the streetcar line extended over the Bank Street bridge into the rapidly expanding neighbourhood. The streetcar ran along a route roughly the equivalent as today's #7 bus route. The school was built in 1910 but there had been a school on the site since the 1830s. Here's a bit more about his life and death and role in the nation's captial.

Boyd Block Houses

Could some/all of these be Boyd Block construction? Or a few couple be immitation stone facing. Further research required ... Riverdale Ave 402, 404, 406, 408, & 410 Riverdale Ave (row houses): https://goo.gl/maps/t5x1ZLv6d7s 385 Riverdale Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/UtnCHW7niXA2 Belmont Ave 99 Belmont Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/xtZvF4rs1Pt 148-150 Belmont Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/7dHVBsa2iHv Fentiman Ave 144 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/hyUT7sYrEQT2 90 & 92 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/uDCU7PtfPZq 21 Fentiman Ave https://goo.gl/maps/1h27siNp8Dk 63 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/sR6BWH7VmbH2 67 & 69 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/umhVWmGLgsF2 79 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/J1WDjEMMqqs 91 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/s7G5JchZwVN2 137 Fentiman Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/bFXjkB8N8Hu Brighton Ave 47 Brighton Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/gEDJhYWz57U2 Sunnyside Ave 91 & 93 Sunnyside Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/Kv287g8jZoN2 Cameron Ave 11 Cameron Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/vpXucQM6Su82 Bellwood Ave 76 & 78 (?) Bellwood Ave: https://goo.gl/maps/xez9HMfCLnk Learn more about the Boyd Block construction company.

Mayfair Marquee

Bed Bunnies & The Dirty Dolls on screen at the Mayfair Theatre circa 1975. Photo credit: City of Ottawa Archives CA-18896

Memories of Sunnyside in the Thirties

When my parents moved from Grove to Sunnyside Avenue in 1930, I was seven years old. Our new home was built about 1912. It had a big verandah to play on, a balcony, real wood shutters, and a large wood stove in the kitchen. There were enough rooms so we three children each had one of our own. Dad had a study plus a garden full of perennials — what more could an Englishman want?
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