Sunnyside Residents Take Back Their Street

Originally 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.”

Publications: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

Publications: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa South History Project is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring the Built Heritage of Ottawa South. Published in partnership with Heritage Ottawa, the book encompasses an overview of the history of Old Ottawa South and presents the designated heritage properties in the neighbourhood, along with the property profiles and streetscapes developed in the summer of 2009. Online sales are available through Heritage Ottawa. The book is also available in selected local bookstores such as Octopus…

720 Echo Drive – The Enduring Stones of Time

720 Echo Drive – The Enduring Stones of Time

A 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.

Islands of Work

Islands of Work

Following the dramatic flooding in the spring of 1928, (see OSCAR column “Years of the Great Floods”, OSCAR, April 2008, pgs 22-23), Ottawa City Council decided to take action to mitigate against the annual Rideau River inundations. One of the flooding “hot spots” was in Ottawa South at the islands in the river just upstream from Billings Bridge where the ice would often jam causing the river to back up and flood both Ottawa…

From the Archives: The Striking Tale of the Fairbairn Farm

From the Archives: The Striking Tale of the Fairbairn Farm

Another passage from the Ottawa Citizen Old Time Stuff column of the 1930s, this time the Fairbairn story, printed March 7, 1931, transcribed below. Another Epic South End History About Period When Belmont Avenue Was Lane of a Farm How Peter Fairbairn Broke from Parental Roof and Built First Residence Other Than Homesteads of the Pioneers. C.C. Ray Was Once Large Holder of Ottawa South Property. Worthwhile Story. This is a story which dates…

From the Archives: Precious Blood Sisters Observe Golden Jubilee

The following article from page 5 of the Ottawa Citizen July 8, 1952 describes the way of the life for the Sisters of the Precious Blood who lived at 774 Echo Drive. Precious Blood Sisters Observe Golden Jubilee Two cloistered nuns – one whom has never seen the City of Ottawa although she has been living here for over 50 years – were feted yesterday on the occasion of their golden jubilee in the orders.

Digging up the Dirt on ‘Old’ Ottawa South

Digging up the Dirt on ‘Old’ Ottawa South

Ask anyone who lives in Old Ottawa South and they are sure to say we live in the best darn neighborhood in Ottawa. Our unique homes, shops, school, community and recreation facilities, and natural features, all make our community a very attractive place to live. But, if you could travel back in time 100 years, what would you see? A charming, quiet rural community of farms, dirt roads, and a few shops and homes….

Our Community 100 Years Ago: A Sketch of Old Ottawa South in 1911

Our Community 100 Years Ago: A Sketch of Old Ottawa South in 1911

What was happening in our part of the City around 1911? Who lived here? What were they concerned about? What local institutions were active? As we celebrate the start of 2011, a look back at people, places and events of a century ago will give us a broader view of our progress. Let’s start with “who”. The 1911 Census says 1,485 people were living in Ottawa South. There were 314 households, consisting of 280…

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