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Ottawa South History Project

We are a group of local amateur historians who research, document, and present information about the history of Old Ottawa South in a fun and informative way. Get in touch with us, the Ottawa South History Project (OSHP), at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Heritage Properties

Descriptions and photos of key historical and heritage properties within Old Ottawa South.

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Long reads

Essays and reflections on the history of Old Ottawa South.

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Glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: local stories of the past, research findings, and snippets of old news items.

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Gerwin's Ottawa South Landmark

Strolling down Bank St, on a balmy spring evening, when you get to the Cameron Ave. area—Trinity Church, Hillary's, The House of Era and the Savannah, you'll see Gervin's—the plumbing and heating business of J. D. Gervin & Sons Ltd. a real Ottawa South landmark. The Gervin firm has been at its present location, 1227 Bank St., at the north-east corner of Bank and Cameron since 1953 - and that's a long time. But the business is much older than that.

Gorman House Euclid Avenue

This month’s contribution to the Ottawa South History Project comes from one of our Heritage Survey 2009 summer students, Abraham Plunkett-Latimer, an M.A. student in the Department of History, Carleton University. This article will be part of the Heritage Survey 2009 report to be presented to the Old Ottawa South community later this fall. Property Address: 38 Euclid Avenue (Subdivision plan #158, Lot 6, south side of Euclid Avenue)

More Memories of Sunnyside in the Thirties

Sunnyside Avenue near Bronson was a world with few rules back in the nineteen thirties. It was a wonderful place for children, where freedom with relative safety reigned. Bob Stoakes knew it well. He grew up in a house that has stood on Sunnyside near Seneca for more than a hundred years, and he lives there still (after seeing a great deal of the world). The house itself has not changed greatly over the years. Shortly after Bob’s father bought it in 1915, he added a kitchen and built a back shed.

Heritage Trees

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)

Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club: 112 years

The Ottawa Tennis Club is almost as old as the modern game of tennis itself. Court Tennis, known in France as jeu de paume, was first played in the tenth century in the cloistered courtyards of French monasteries and later in the chateaux and castles of the French and English aristocracy. But its descendant, lawn tennis was invented in 1873, when Walter C. Wingfield, a British army officer, adapted the rules and techniques of court tennis to a game that could be played on grass. This new form of tennis was brought to Canada a few years later and grew rapidly in popularity. In 1894, an article in the Ottawa Evening Journal noted that "although golf is the truly swell game of the present day, the old favourite, lawn tennis, is more popular than ever this year. In the fall of 1881, members of the Ottawa Cricket Club who had…
Photo by Kathy Krywicki.

What is a Craftsman-style Home?

Also known as the Arts and Crafts style of house architecture. And we have a few of them in Ottawa South. For a definition, we may defer to the experts: www.fine-woodworking-for-your-home.com/artsandcraftsstyle.html

Rideauville Residence

The photographer Henry Joseph Woodside lived in the part of Ottawa previously known as Rideauville. His extensive photo collection can be found at the Library and Archives Canada and includes many taken around the neighbourhood such as his house at 63 Aylmer Avenue. Credit: Henry Joseph Woodside/Library and Archives Canada/PA-016628  
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