Welcome to the Home of the 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.
To find out more about our activities, read this overview article.
10 Feb 2014
- Last Updated on 25 August 2016
- Written by Cornelius von Baeyer
- Do you know where one of the founders of the National Hockey League and co-owner of the early Ottawa Senators used to live?
- Can you locate where the Rideauville, Wyoming Park, and Oakland Heights subdivisions used to be?
- Where is the Notch of the Mountain? How about Stegman's Rapids?
We now have a 100-page, full-colour book to answer your questions: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South.
22 Feb 2016
- Last Updated on 03 May 2016
- Written by Holly Klein-Swormink, Carleton University
The first floor of Carleton’s MacOdrum Library is now home to a new city-focused resource centre — the Ottawa Resource Room.
The official grand opening, on February 4, 2016, was an opportunity for library staff to provide tours of the space and give an understanding of how it operates.
09 Feb 2014
- Last Updated on 09 February 2014
- Written by Alan McCullough
In the late 1890s the area of Ottawa South bounded by Bank, Grove, Bronson, Sunnyside, and Woodbine Place was promoted as a new residential neighbourhood under the name “Wyoming Park.”
17 Oct 2013
- Last Updated on 17 October 2013
- Written by Kathy Krywicki
On the occasion of the first streetcar to cross the canal, this October 10, 1913 Ottawa Citizen article describes the first official tram trip over the Bank Street Bridge, with civic dignitaries, railway officials, and a veritable “who’s who” of Ottawa South in attendance. And a celebration of Ottawa South's Progress and Purity.
Extension of Line over Rideau Canal
Streetcars Begin Service to Ottawa South over Bridge
The extension of the street railway line over Bank Street Bridge was officially opened this morning, by nearly all of the members of the city council, directors and officials of the Ottawa Electric Railway, prominent residents in Ottawa South, newspapermen and others. A regular service of cars is now running over the new line.
The opening ceremony was one of the most delightful functions that has been held in the city. Everything went off without a hitch of any kind. If the weather had not been made to order it could not have been more ideal for such an auspicious event.
08 Oct 2013
- Last Updated on 10 February 2016
- Written by Web Editor
John West has developed a creative hobby — he re-takes old photographs of Ottawa and then creates an animated dissolve between the old and new photograph. He posts his work on his website www.Ottawahh.com.
Have a look at some of the images of the Old Ottawa South area.
28 Nov 2012
- Last Updated on 06 February 2013
- Written by Kathy Krywicki
The theatre was built as an "atmospheric" cinema, with Spanish Revival influences. The atmospheric style of theatre design was based on the desire to transport the theatre-goer to another time and place, to distract them from life's problems and provide them with an atmosphere of rest and beauty. The Mayfair’s design mimics a Mediterranean plaza by featuring an ornate painted ceiling, faux stone facades and balconies, with wrought ironwork and ornamental glass windows in the theatre’s auditorium.