Old Ottawa South Community Association

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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 HistoryProject@OldOttawaSouth.ca.

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Heritage Properties

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

Read the story of No. 10 Graham Station, designed by Werner Noffke, and how it become the Ottawa South Community Centre, also known as "The Old Firehall".

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Long reads

Essays and reflections on the history of Old Ottawa South.

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

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Photo by Kathy Krywicki.

From the Archives: The Hockey Stick Foot Bridge

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 graffitied, installed on the bridge reads:

Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club

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 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 South community, the clubhouse and grounds are part of the history of sport and society in Ottawa.
From the Archives: Early History of Trinity Church

From the Archives: Early History of Trinity Church

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.

From the Archives: Brighton Beach - Oasis on the Rideau

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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