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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.

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.

How a Tennis Club Found and Kept a Home Against All Odds: Wed. June 18, 2014 at the OTLBC

Free Heritage Ottawa Lecture about the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club The Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) has been part of the Ottawa South neighbourhood since 1922 when the club purchased a 5-acre site on Cameron Avenue, in an area then known as Ottawa South Playgrounds. George A. Crain & Sons constructed 2-storey clubhouse in August 1922, with the official opening in June 1923. This lecture, by writer Janet Uren and architect Kris Benes, is a chance to learn more about the club's past and restoration plans for the future.

Book Launch: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

How well do you know Old Ottawa South? 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. Book Launch & Lecture with Heritage Ottawa: Wed. Feb. 19, 2014

Publications: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa South History Project is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring the Built Heritage of Ottawa South. Published in partnership with Heritage Ottawa, the book encompasses an overview of the history of Old Ottawa South and presents the designated heritage properties in the neighbourhood, along with the property profiles and streetscapes developed in the summer of 2009. Online sales are available through Heritage Ottawa. The book is also available in selected local bookstores such as Octopus Books in the Glebe, Books on Beechwood in New Edinburgh, Perfect Books in Centretown, and Black Squirrel Books in Old Ottawa South.

Wyoming Park in Ottawa South

Originally published in the February 2013 OSCAR. 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.”

From the Archives: Streetcars Come to Ottawa South

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…
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