Old Ottawa South Community Association

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

Memories of 'Old' Ottawa South

Jim Robertson lived in Ottawa South from 1947 until 1963 when his family moved to Rideau Gardens. After a career that saw him living in Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa again, Edmonton and Toronto, he is now retired and living in the Bank Street/Hunt Club Road area. Our family lived in Ottawa South during the 1940's, 50's and early 60's. As I have become old, so has Ottawa South become "Old" Ottawa South. Phyllis and Dick Robertson, my parents, moved from McLeod Street to 162 Sunnyside (just east of Riverdale) in 1943, after my sister Mary was born. My brother Dave came along in 1944, and I made my appearance in 1947.

What’s in a Name: Leonard or Léonard?

My curiosity was piqued when I noticed earlier this year that street name signs had been changed from Leonard to Léonard. What was the impetus for amending the spelling? Was there a francophone connection within our Old Ottawa South neighbourhood?  

From the Archives: Claude Bennett Enters the Race as Capital Ward Candidate

From the Ottawa Citizen November 5, 1960, Ottawa South resident Claude Bennett enters the civic election. Claude B. Bennett has announced his candidature in the December civic elections. He will contest the aldermanic seat in Capital Ward where he was born. He was third in the field of seven in the last civic elections. Unmarried, he lives with his parents at 88 Bellwood Avenue. An active member of the Kinsmen Club of Ottawa, he represents that club on the Ottawa Central Council of Service Clubs. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Lansdowne Babe Ruth Baseball organization, he played a major role in the successful Polio Clinics in Ottawa South and at Lansdowne Park. Mr. Bennett is emloyed in a supervisory capacity with the International Harvester Company.

From the Archives: Tree Fallout - 21 Stately Old Trees Fall Victim to Progress

Originally published in the June 2001 OSCAR. BY HENRY MAKOW The Ottawa Journal, Wednesday, June 16, 1971 CHAIN SAWS, NOT BIRDS, SANG ON SUNNYSIDE AVENUE TUESDAY The city was continuing work on transforming the shady one-way residential street in Ottawa South into a two-way artery which will connect Bank Street with the Bronson Avenue entrance of Carleton University. The casualties in this, the latest skirmish in the battle of the automobile versus the environment, were 21 stately old trees.

Sunnyside Residents Take Back Their Street

Orginally published in two parts in the May 2001 & June 2001 OSCAR. It's no secret that Old Ottawa South is an attractive neighborhood. As Ottawa City magazine notes in its April/May 2001 real-estate edition, ours is a desirable community with many virtues. "The homes have capital-C character , the kind that comes with age and a history of loving owners."

Field Guide to the Front Porches of Old Ottawa South

Editor's note: This overview of neighbourhood porches is part of the Heritage Survey by Ottawa South History Project. Text by Julie Harris; photos Nolan Cipriano, 2009. For more details about the front porches and the Heritage Survey, see the publication Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South. A distinguishing feature of Old Ottawa South is the number of houses that retain their original front porches, also called verandahs. These elegant structures make a positive contribution to the neighbourhood’s appearance, but their social, environmental and architectural benefits should not be forgotten, nor the role they played in expressing popular culture.
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