The recent Home for the Holidays house tour highlighted, amongst others, a beautiful nearly century-old house with river stone walls at 720 Echo Drive. The lot upon which this house is build was originally part of an estate owned by George Hay, a successful 19th century hardware store owner who later became president of the Bank of Ottawa. His house, a designated heritage building from the 19th century, still stands at 700 Echo Drive.
There are many properties of historical interest in the neighbourhood. Here are a few key spots in Old Ottawa South.
Credit: Canada. Dept. of Mines and Technical Surveys / Library and Archives Canada / PA-023249
Can a tree be designated heritage? Evidently, yes: Newswire article September 2009.
Read about Ontario's program for recognition of trees —are there significant specimens in our neighbourhood?
If a tree falls at Brighton beach, will anybody hear? (apologies to Bruce Cockburn)
Could some or all of these be Boyd Block construction? Further research is required!
The Ottawa South History Project received some fantastic news in early March 2009: the City of Ottawa is awarding $6,000 toward our Heritage Survey project allowing us to hire a student this summer to conduct the detailed research and field work from May through August 2009. Now we need residents of Old Ottawa South to step forward as volunteers to assist with project activities, or as donors to help complete the fundraising.
What is the Heritage Survey project?