Old Ottawa South Community Association

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

From the Archives: Claude Bennett Enters the Race as Capital Ward Candidate

From the Ottawa Citizen November 5, 1960, Ottawa South resident Claude Bennett enters the civic election. Claude B. Bennett has announced his candidature in the December civic elections. He will contest the aldermanic seat in Capital Ward where he was born. He was third in the field of seven in the last civic elections. Unmarried, he lives with his parents at 88 Bellwood Avenue. An active member of the Kinsmen Club of Ottawa, he represents that club on the Ottawa Central Council of Service Clubs. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Lansdowne Babe Ruth Baseball organization, he played a major role in the successful Polio Clinics in Ottawa South and at Lansdowne Park. Mr. Bennett is emloyed in a supervisory capacity with the International Harvester Company.

Reflections of My Ottawa

I was born in Old Ottawa South in 1936 and lived in a house at the corner of Riverdale and Sunnyside. I was the second youngest in a family of three boys and three girls. Shortly after my birth we moved to Rosedale Avenue, still in Old Ottawa South. It was a small street, which ran between Sunnyside Avenue and the Driveway.

From the Archives: Tree Fallout - 21 Stately Old Trees Fall Victim to Progress

In 1971 an expected road widening changing the look and feel of a neigbhourhood street drastically. BY HENRY MAKOW The Ottawa Journal, Wednesday, June 16, 1971 CHAIN SAWS, NOT BIRDS, SANG ON SUNNYSIDE AVENUE TUESDAY The city was continuing work on transforming the shady one-way residential street in Ottawa South into a two-way artery which will connect Bank Street with the Bronson Avenue entrance of Carleton University. The casualties in this, the latest skirmish in the battle of the automobile versus the environment, were 21 stately old trees.

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

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 along the Rideau River, 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.
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