On November 22, 2023, City Council issued a notice of intention to designate 692 Echo Drive under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act*. According to the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value the following aspects of the property were considered. Constructed in 1913, the building at 692 Echo Drive is a representative example of Edwardian Classicism, which was popular in Canada between 1900 and 1930. The architectural features of the building which are characteristic…
The challenge of identifying this (Old) Ottawa South house looks to be solved. Bob Simpson had found this real-estate ad in The Ottawa Citizen Saturday February 7, 1925.
Thanks to Bob Simpson for tracking down this sales ad from a century ago touting the wonderful selling points of properties in this neighbourhood area that came to be known as Oakland Heights, likely from its tree canopy. From the Ottawa Citizen 7-June-1913
Joining the western side of Brewer Park to the Carleton University campus is a well-used footbridge tucked alongside the Rideau River. The construction material is quintessentially Canadian: the railings are made of wooden hockey sticks! The commemorative plaque, somewhat worn and graffiti-ed, installed on the bridge reads:
Extract from the City of Ottawa Heritage Evaluation Form report to the Built Heritage Committee December 10, 2019 The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) and its grounds are rich in history. The clubhouse reflects early 20th century middle-class life in Ottawa and is associated with individuals and an organization who are notable in Ottawa’s past. As an integral feature along the shore of the Rideau River, and part of the Old Ottawa…
Almost a hundred years ago, Brighton Beach in Ottawa South was touted as one of the best places for bathing in the city. This clipping is from The Ottawa Journal on June 17, 1921, where plans for the opening of the diving tower and accompanying party were revealed.
The fate of two institutions, which formed a core element for generations of families in Old Ottawa South, may be coming together. Not the two institutions themselves, but their remnants.
This website created by Sarah Simpkin shows links to historical aerial photos cross-referenced to a current day map.
On Saturday, October 19, 2019 Trinity Anglican Church celebrated 140 years in Old Ottawa South. The ceremony recounted the church’s history and highlights of the parish over the many years with story-telling, music, and reflection on both the past and future.
Longing for a cool place in these dog days of summer? A nearby swimming hole would be an ideal place to spend some time. In the past, the residents of Ottawa South had a wonderful spot, a beach at the end of Brighton Avenue, now a park with grass and trees, but formerly a haven for aquatic activities on the Rideau River.
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