Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Ottawa South History Project

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 HistoryProject [AT] OldOttawaSouth [DOT] ca.

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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.


 

Legend

  • 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...

Stories

These are glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: local stories of the past, research findings, and snippets of news items and notices describing the old, as if it were new.

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Researching the History of Your House

Ever wanted to trace the background of your house or property? The City of Ottawa Archives has a number of resources that can assist researchers who wish to learn more about the history of a particular property.
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From the Archives: Whither "Ottawa South"

In the 1990s the burgeoning development of South Ottawa, in areas such as Hunt Club and Greenboro, triggered a move to distinguish Ottawa South from other parts of the the city by changing the neighbourhood name to 'Old Ottawa South'.
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Ottawa South History Project Photo Gallery

We have gathered a large collection of historical photos and images related to our neighbourhood of Ottawa South. Of special note is a an Ottawa South slideshow compiled by John Calvert in 2007 for the 100th anniversary of the annexation of Ottawa South to the City of Ottawa. You can browse the OSHP photo gallery here.
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Hopewell Avenue Public School

South facade of old building facing Hopewell Avenue (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008) 17 Hopewell Avenue 1910 and laterEducational View additional images of building. The first school on the present Hopewell Avenue Public School site dates back to the 1830s or 1840s. It was a one-room log building with a few windows, a small door, and a wood stove. By the end of the 1870s, this was replaced by a brick building with semi-circular arched windows and doors, as well buff-colored brick at the corners to give the impression of rusticated stone. This newer building had two small classrooms and was heated by stoves connected by long pipes that ended at the building’s chimney.
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Bank Street Bridge

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008) North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008) 1912;* restored in 1993Infrastructure View additional images of structure. The Bank Street Canal Bridge carries Bank Street along a roughly north – south direction over the Rideau Canal, linking The Glebe to Old Ottawa South. It also passes over Queen Elizabeth and Colonel By drives, each of which extends along one side of the canal.
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Williams House

Northern facade facing Southern Drive (Kathy Krywicki, 2008) 96 Southern Drive1820s and laterResidential View additional images of building. An 1827 map of the vicinity around the still-new settlement of Bytown shows the residence of Lewis Williams on this site, across the Rideau River from the house of Braddish Billings. The map is on display at the Billings Estate Museum. On this basis, it is believed that the original portion of this frame structure dates from 1827, placing it among the oldest frame buildings in Ottawa. Williams and his family were among the first settlers of the region, arriving in 1817.
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613-247-4946