No better place to start a postcard tour of Ottawa than the centre of town. Here’s a postcard that shows how it was imagined that the centre of the city would look in 1913, when what I will call the Plaza Project was finished. I say “imagined”...
Our previous postcard showed what the Plaza was expected to be like in 1913. This one shows more of what it was actually like in the years 1905 to 1912, before the Plaza Project was completed. We have Sappers’ Bridge on the left, leading to Sparks Street....
Looking down the Rideau Canal towards the Old Post Office sometime between 1904 and 1913. This postcard gives us a great look at the Old Post Office as it was rebuilt after a fire in February, 1904. People were as desperate to get their mail from the Post Office as we...
As with the Bird’s Eye view of the Plaza, the J. Valentine company was so eager to publish a postcard of Ottawa’s new central station in 1908 that it couldn’t wait for the real thing. So it used this drawing of what the station was supposed to look like when it was...
Now that we’ve looked at Union Station, let’s turn our attention to the Chateau Laurier across the street. Here we have another one of those pictures of how things would look when they were finished in 1912, but drawn some years earlier. Like the other...
A doorman awaits the arrival of guests under the portico of the Chateau Laurier in a postcard dated to 1914, the end of what is often called the Long Nineteenth Century brought out by World War One. I really like this picture. The composition is so dramatic. It’s one...
Looking east Along Albert towards Bank from Kent Street in the mid-1950s.
Second building on the left is the old Colonial Bus Terminal. Looks like a bus on the right. Also a wee reminder that the streetcars once ran along Albert on their way out to Westboro. ... See MoreSee Less
I lived on Albert street near
Bank street. There were 6 semi detached houses, the main station for the cross Canada bus station opposite , a barbershop, a taxi stand with one taxi, and a brothel. Poverty in the 30’s was picturesque
The beautiful building on the left (Keyes Building) was where I worked for just over a year when it was Parks Canada. Archaeology and Conservation were stationed here. We moved out April of 1975 and this fabulous building was reduced to a parking lot. There were wooden toilets, wooden floors were sloped and the elevator was activated with a pull chain. Still miss this place.
Bought a slide rule at Keyes Supply in 1957. I still have it even though I have not used it in over 50 years. I also have a drafting set bought at the same time.
I remember coming home from university for Christmas on year in the early '70s. Outside that terminal, the traffic was gridlocked. My plan was to catch a city bus, but I ended up walking all the way home (Civic Hospital area) because even Carling was not moving. Though rush our in Ottawa can get pretty bad these days, I've never seen anything like it since.
I used to take the streetcar to Westboro. Good times.
I took that streetcar from downtown to my home in ottawa west and back, and many times to Britannia Beach as well.
I wonder if in the old days the streetcars got cracked wheels, and on hot days the rails would warp, reducing service.
That would be the Colonial *Coach* terminal, I think.
There are overhead wires for both the streetcars and trollybusses.
Spent many hours in bus terminal catching bus to Manotick and back. 55 cents.
I would love to see a picture of the old Bus Terminal.
What a great photo!
Remember it well as a child. My parents, however, didn't mention the brothel! Hahahaha!
Sylvia, you lived somewhere in this view, didn't you?
Went to Kent Street Public School back then, and remember the smelly, diesel, Orange and Black, GM Colonial Coaches.