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3 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Nice shot of Ottawa's City Centre with all its lights on in December of 2004, shared by Paul Mathieu Sean.

It used to be an industrial kind of place where you could get paint in 5 gallon buckets. Now it's more hip, and more fun, even for a geezer like me (and I used to buy that paint in 5 gallon drums).
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Nice shot of Ottawas City Centre with all its lights on in December of 2004, shared by Paul Mathieu Sean.

It used to be an industrial kind of place where you could get paint in 5 gallon buckets. Now its more hip, and more fun, even for a geezer like me (and I used to buy that paint in 5 gallon drums).

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I lived a few blocks away on Bayswater Ave. as a child in the mid 70s. My buddies and I played there all the time. The back side of the City Center down by the train track made a perfect post-apocalyptic wasteland for our live Planet of the Apes games. We also spent time there running away from predatory hobos and finding cool stuff along the tracks. Once we found a real (unloaded) .22 revolver someone had thrown down off the bridge from Wellington Street. Another time we found a big wooden box containing a reeking, rotten longhorn steer head. No idea what it was doing there, but it sure was disturbing.

I grew up in the area in the 70s and use to look at this building in the distance as some kind of skyscraper... later I used to look forward to Wallack's annual warehouse sale for good deals on art supplies... it was named as Ottawa's biggest eyesore about 10 years ago from what I recall... excellent picture and yes the lights look great...

In the 1990s, my wife was a Community Association President and ordered a whack of fireworks from a company in the City Centre - apparently they MANUFACTURED them there! At that time, the Cdn War Museum had a collections storage area in the old streetcar barn across the street. I asked them if they knew if a fireworks factory was so close to their artifacts - they did not...I am glad they are not there anymore!

Me and my friends spent many late nights drinking ginger ale, moosehead and listening to Blues Traveler in the Orange Monkey pool hall. Great memories.

What was the name of the little restaurant/coffee shop? I liked that place!

I was hoping this would be converted into an indoor farmers market

I think I did a graphic arts coop at a print shop there when I was in high school.

I don't know why they would ever remove those beautiful lit up letters. The city lost a lot of charm that day

My Mother worked for Campbells Printing in the early 80s ran switchboard on the office in the Tower and then again at Doculink in the 90s I also worked for Doculink in the 90s in the warehouse bays

Use to skateboard down the side ramps when it was first built. Before that, there was a lumber yard, coal in stalls.

Wasn't a large part of this complex Patri? I remember for years, seeing the sign and then it was gone. I'm not sure what business it was, but I knew the family, we livds on Main St. in Ottawa East.

Worked for Campbell Printing at City Center !

An example of a complex built for intermodal freight transport that then lost its purpose when most of the rail infrastructure was pulled out of the area. The train track siding still existed behind the wharehouse section up until the early 2000s only being removed when the confederation line for the O-train started operation.

Seeing it like that (taken at night) kind of makes me miss it. Definitely looked more romantic at night than in the light of day.

It's an interesting building. I thought it was abandoned and left to urban explorers at their disposal.

Seem to remember trying for a job with a glaciologist who had office plus ice storage there. Might have been in late 1960s or early 1970s

I always thought it to be a real eyesore...one amongst many in Ottawa but it doesn’t look half bad in this picture under the canopy of darkness.

Nice shot, Paul!

The french and asian gangs used to rumble under the overpass here

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11 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Second of two shots of the Summer House built by the Ottawa Improvement Commission on Patterson Creek, between the Driveway and O'Connor.

Shared by David Law, who writes:View from the Summer House on Patterson Creek, looking North, 1911. The Victoria Museum (as it was then known) can be seen in the distance. The street where the wagon is situated is Linden Terrace, before houses were constructed.
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Second of two shots of the Summer House built by the Ottawa Improvement Commission on Patterson Creek, between the Driveway and OConnor.

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11 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Postcard from Ottawa, in which David Law shares the first of two shots of Patterson Creek from back in the day second postcard coming up in a few minutes.

Notes David:From an old postcard: Summer House on Patterson Creek, 1916.
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Postcard from Ottawa, in which David Law shares the first of two shots of Patterson Creek from back in the day second postcard coming up in a few minutes.

Notes David:

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That would be an awesome place to live!

Wow. I'd love to know it's life story.

Lovely

All you need to know is Ottawa can’t have nice things...😕

Me, too.

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15 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

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Sad picture of demolition of the original Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library in 1971.

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WHY did we demolish so many buildings Ottawa!? Love seeing Lost Ottawa posts but they make me sad too!!

Sad that they ripped down a Carnegie library. I live in Winnipeg now and we still have 3 standing.

I had no idea there was ever a good looking library in Ottawa.

I had no idea we had such a beautiful looking main branch! Such a shame it was demolished.

In the 90's i did a job for the NCC at the Rockcliffe Rockeries where we used pieces of the big columns in the park construction.

Shame architects were not forward thinking enough to work around the beautiful build8ngs!

Only capital city I know that destroys beautiful architecture without a second thought. 🤦🏼‍♀️

The context then, Ottawa and elsewhere, was different. Now they’d try to preserve.

The current central library that replaced this building on this site had its fans, but the Library soon outgrew that building too. We are much better now at respecting heritage.

This is the stained glass window from that original library installed in the library that replaced it. Hopefully when this building is replaced (with a better designed and aesthetically pleasing building) it will be preserved

Sad. Every time we go to Montreal I am dismayed by the magnificent Van Horne mansion on Sherbrooke, torn down to put up an ugly hotel. Not surprising what money will do to heritage.

If they're looking for inspiration for the new Central Library, there it is.

That building really should have been kept in good repair and left alone. The sort of ugly office style building that followed really was a poor substitute, built the way certain car companies build their cars. Made to turn into crap fast.

Oh The Humanity! Carnegie must be spinning in his grave!

Loved that building!

Loved that place, and spent many happy hours there.

loved that place. Spent many hours there when I was a kid.

What year was this I went there a few times as a kid and was amazed

I loved that library, but not its book collection always, circa 1960. What it had that was good: I was interested in Tibet and Tibetans (went there twice in 1980s) and they had Bell's Tibetan dictionary with speaking notes - and it could be taken out. But also had interest in galaxies, and was quite perplexed by most of their books being pre-1920, guessing what the spirals were! There was a wonderful newspaper reading room.

Was that not a Carnegie Library? Unfortunate it is not still there

What a waste, only to be replaced by a brutal building that is neither friendly nor monumental.

The columns, as they now look. Located at The Rockeries in Rockliffe.

When I played hookey from school I used to go here and read. I think I learned a lot more than I realized at the time. Used to take books on ancient Egypt and pour through them. Also the Roman Empire

There is not much structural history in Ottawa. It is buried in the landfill dump. Ottawa is terrible in infrastructure. Just look at the current O Train disaster.

Too bad they didn’t keep the front as a facade.

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1 day ago

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Saw many eclectic acts here,it was a great venue for both performers as well as the audience no matter who you saw. Those days are sorely missed.

Great venue. So sad it is no more.

My first summer in Ottawa I was at the foot of the locks when I heard a familiar flute air, and followed it up to discover the Astrolabe, to a stunning sunset. That was it - I fell totally in love with this city.

Attended many great shows here....even spent one night on the site with an old boyfriend watching the lights and river until dawn....beautiful!

So many happy memories there 🙂

This was the Astrolabe, at Nepean Point, back in the 1970’s. Beautiful view from up there!

That was such a great venue - what a backdrop!

One of the sweetest venues anywhere.

Also saw moxie fruvous there... as they were playing a child walks through the band... they stop and one of the singers says. “Don’t worry, it’s just a stage she’s going through!” Place erupted with laughter!

I played a gig there years ago, great venue

Saw many shows at the Astrolabe (Nepean Point). Even performed on this stage with Dnipro Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. The venue was the venue for many "Cultures Canada" (See & Hear the World) concerts. I saw The Canadian Brass here also.

Moved away from Eastview to Lowertown...this was Nepean Point....saw a few groups play there & it was free.

Watched the Stampeders and April Wine perform on that stage.

I saw Lorne Elliott with his Madly Off in All Directions show, late 90s there. Laughed so hard I almost injured myself.

Brings back many memories. The view is unbelievale."Nepean point" where I used to go watching bands and solo artists back in the 70's. Je pense au groupe de musique franco-ontarien CANO, Zachary Richard, and many more in either English or French.

Watched the Canada Day fireworks from there one year - it was amazing.

Watched the Nylons sing the Lion sleeps Tonight on that stage.

Tonie, our dad, an orchestra member, played a horn solo there.

Anyone know the status of the NCC in the redesign of the whole place?

and danced with International Folk Dancers of Ottawa on that very stage.

Saw many bands there, Ville Émard Blues Band was one of them

Saw the Downchild Blues Band there....

I may have seen Ian Thomas there back in the mid 70s?

Scrubbaloe Cain and Copperpenny!

Who's playing at the Astrolabe?

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1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Pierre Plouffe shares a comic you might have got in an Ottawa church.

Writes Pierre:Ça vous rappel des souvenirs les revues contenant des bandes dessinées Jeunesse et Héraults produit et distribué dans nos écoles par les frères des écoles chrétienne toutes les mois.
En voici un examplaire Volume XLV cahier No. 5 publié le 1 novembre 1958 voir le lien qui suit:
numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/2689637?docsearchtext=revue%20des%20frere%20des%20e...
It reminds you of some memories the magazines containing comic books Jeunesse et Héraults produced and distributed in our schools by the Christian school brothers every month.
Here is a copy Volume XLV notebook No. 5 published November 1, 1958 see the link numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/2689637?docsearchtext=revue%20des%20frere%20des%20e...
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Pierre Plouffe shares a comic you might have got in an Ottawa church.

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It is amazing how we humble ourselves to Century-old traditions, without hesitation, but don't take the time to smile at a neighbor or person on the street now.

2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Sunday Shopping, featuring at a favorite Ottawa Store -- Kiddie Cobbler in 1968.

Although ... I'm not sure they had Sunday shopping in Ottawa yet at that time.

Shared by Steven Keenan.
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Sunday Shopping, featuring at a favorite Ottawa Store -- Kiddie Cobbler in 1968.

Although ... Im not sure they had Sunday shopping in Ottawa yet at that time.

Shared by Steven Keenan.

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Brought back wonderful memories! I think there was a store at Elmvale Acres where my parents took me for shoes.

No, there was no Sunday shopping back then, and I remember this store quite well! Thanks for the memory.

Did a fair bit of shopping in this store. It was a great one and fair to its customers.

Jack Krane was the owner and did a great job with his stores. We got our shoes there as kids. Kiddytown on Bank street was where I got my clothes. They were terrific as well!

I remember this !and as been pointed out no to Sunday shopping...this was the place to go for children's shoes...as for clothes, I think I most of our clothes came from Simpson Sears ( Carlingwood)

I remember that store. Definitely no Sunday shopping in Ottawa in 1968 - if you were lucky you might find the odd "corner store" open.

Kiddie-Kobbler and Kiddytown were where my mom brought my brother and I when we were young.....as we had no car they were a quick walk up from Arlington/Kent.

That’s where my parents brought us to buy our shoes all through our childhood. And the clothing store we went to was called Kiddie Town, on Bank Street as well.

No Sunday shopping then. I came to Ottawa in 1976 and it was a few more years until Sunday shopping. I do remember Kiddie Cobbler. A good store.

I remember going to that store as a kid. No Sunday shopping in Ottawa until early 80s. I remember a very frustrated tourist couple in Billings Bridge when I was a teenager demanding to know how a place like Ottawa could not have Sunday shopping. Restaurants were open though which is why I was wandering through Billings after having coffee and fries with friends.

lord's day act--no stores open. I remember that each Sunday in Ottawa there was a small list of pharmacies and gas stations open each sunday.

Still my favourite kids store!

I still have a gift certificate for 50 cents from 1965 I received from this store for my daughter’s first pair of shoes. A few years back, the owner wanted to buy it back to post it in his store...

no sunday for sure...should send this to Jimmy or Joey at Place DOrleans Kiddie Kobbler - they would love to see that

Bought both my kids shoes there great store for children's shoes and clothes at kiddie town on rides st brings back good memories

My Mom used to take us there for our shoes !!

Awww we shopped there for shoes at Carlingwood Mall in the 70’s.

Got my first pair of shoes there...1961 and got my sons’ first pair in 1986...and No sh=tores were not open in Ottawa on Sundays ... not until 1990’ I think

I love their motto "We're very careful." Did those stores have the xray machines (actually floroscopes) that kids would stick their feet in, with the new shoes on, and mom and the salesman could see if the bones fit nicely inside the shoes. I remember the shoe store in Elmvale ON had one in the 50s. No thought was given to the fact that little Billy was stickin' his gonads up against a radiation device lol.

I remember my mkm buying our shoes there and I did for my kids as well. Til I discovered Vasto on Preston for kids fashion

Home fitting service !!!

I worked at the Head Office at Bell's Corners for a few yeats

My Mom bought all our shoes there!!!

I bought my sons first pair of walking shoes there 51 years ago and still have them!!

I bought most of my girls shoes there..especially my youngest..she had sudh a long and narrow foot..always found sandals there...expensive but alway the perfect fit

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Here's the bell for Ottawa's new Peace Tower, circa 1926/27.

The guy with the white cap seems to be wondering how he's going to get it up there!

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Heres the bell for Ottawas new Peace Tower, circa 1926/27.

The guy with the white cap seems to be wondering how hes going to get it up there!

(Library and Archives Canada)

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What a great photo. I guess I never realized how big these bells are, and it reminds me that it took well over a decade to rebuild the Centre Block after the fire of 1916.

He's thinking hells bells and I've got to get that up there 😎GREAT pic & history

"How he's going to get it up there?" Very, very carefully!

Imagine all the work that had already gone into making the bell(s) and then getting them there! Very cool!

This is LAC MIKAN 3319928, and would be from May of 1927. The first 29 of the 53 bells for the Carillon arrived in Ottawa May 23, 1927, and the second largest (8 tons) was hoisted into place that day. (The largest bell was to arrive later.) It was touch and go whether they would get the carillon competed for the Diamond Jubilee celebration July 1, but they made it. From the Journal, May 23, 1927:

Saw a documentary about the Dominion Carillonneur which was fascinating.

what a wonderful picture.

I believe that's Clyde Cooper from Cleveland eyeing the bell (and wondering if the copper clappers are still in the closet.)

Hey! That rings a bell..

One of many bells in the Peace Tower.

Now that’s the coolest shot I’ve ever seen.. wow.. new one for me..

Proof that there is no "end to man's and women's ingenuity".

How did they get it up?

👍👍

Wonder if that's the bourdon (10,090 kg.)

WOW....

Jacques Bariault

From the Birmingham Daily Gazette, 29 March 1927, page 5: "THE LARGEST CARILLON 53 Bell Specimen for Canada's Parliament Houses Within 18 months of beginning the work, Messrs. Gillett and Johnston, bell founders, Croydon, have completed the largest carillon in the world. It is being shipped to Canada after Easter, and with an electric clock will be placed in the tower of the Houses of Parliament at Ottawa. The carillon commemorates the peace of 1918, and the sacrifices of Canada in the war. There are 53 bells in the carillon, weighing 53 tons, and the steel framework in which they are mounted weighs another 22 tons. The clock will control five of the bells for striking the Westminster chimes. The largest of these bells will be the second largest in Canada and the third largest on the American continent. It is proposed to inaugurate the carillon with suitable ceremony on Dominion Day, 1 July."

You can listen to live broadcasts here (just change the date). More on the history of the carillon, etc.: www.ourcommons.ca/About/HistoryArtsArchitecture/carillon/programme-e.htm

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3 days ago

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My Dad had our house moved from Hinton Ave where Qway is now to 228 Northwestern in about 1958. It was a 2 story brick with an attached garage that they moved separetly. If you drive by & look you will see in the Brickwork where the garage was re-attached. Him & his brother & his best friend dug the foundation out by hand in preparation for our "New" house. Can still remember it, was 5 yrs old.

When the Queensway was built the Narraway’s house was moved from where the east bound ramp on Woodroffe is to just south of the Queensway on Woodroffe. We watched it bring moved on a flatbed truck. Last time I looked, the Narraway’s house is still there.

My mom told me of hous3s being moved with logs and horses onto Preston street b6 my grandfather whobuil5 many homes in the area. Pretty neat!

In the very early days of Lincoln Heights, when the Mall was just woods,my brother and I watched a house slowly going up Richmond Rd. I truly thought it was magic. Obviously, I never noticed the truck. For years I wondered how a car could levitate and move like that 🙂

I remember going down to watch them move towns for the St. Lawrence Seaway

Now, that's a camper !

Camping trailers used to be much more elaborate when gas was cheaper.

I remember when I was young houses were moved like that on Notre Dame street in Orleans. They were war houses that were being moved from a base I guess, some were single and some were double side houses. Brings back memories...

Looks like one of the post-war veteran's homes found across the country.

Was CDS in business back then?

Somebody got the house in the divorce.

Mobile Home

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Dudes pose on the top of the Dominion Observatory in Ottawa Experimental Farm, circa 1904, when it was dark enough for observing the night sky.

The dome they are building is still there, but the telescope went to the Science and Tech Museum a few decades ago.

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Dudes pose on the top of the Dominion Observatory in Ottawa Experimental Farm, circa 1904, when it was dark enough for observing the night sky.

The dome they are building is still there, but the telescope went to the Science and Tech Museum a few decades ago.

(City of Ottawa Archives PA-053074)

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My favourite building in Ottawa. We show it to all of our visitors. Too bad it hasn't been made into a museum to astronomy and time keeping.

I remember seeing Saturn through this telescope. It was unforgettable.

The telescope is no longer at the Science and Technology Museum. The observatory there was demolished to make room for the new museum and the telescope was put into storage. Will it ever be seen again and give more pleasure to observers?

I grew up just down the street from there, and remember they would occasionally open to the public and let you look through the telescope.

Cool, i loved going there to see the planets in the 60’s/70’s

My grandfather was part of the crew that built that dome. An accomplished master carpenter , he apparently came home saying it was a marvel of construction. Any idea who the guys in the pic are?

My Grandpa and Dad both worked there (seismologists) -- I loved going up to visit my dad at work. This is an amazing photo.

I would love it if the observatory was still in use and open to the public.

It was so funny. I signed the observatory's guest book as a young lad in September 1961, and went back in 1969 when I started work for Agriculture Canada. I looked at the guest book, and the same page from 1961 was there. There were thousands of signatures in the book. It was a popular place to visit.

I think they should bring the telescope back, so it can be used for star gazing! For public use.

They should move the telescopes again...its too bright at night at the sci & tech museum. Maybe the city needs to get around to building a new observatory to take the telescopes someplace reasonably far out towards the west or south on property they already own. Marlborough forest for example would be perfect.

A very unique structure indeed.

High school years(40s) spent almost every Saturday night there experiencing the wonders of the skies!

PA-053074 is the photo's reference number at Library and Archives Canada, not City of Ottawa Archives. It is from Public Works.

You can see the rail wheels that support the rotating roof. Went there as a child with my parents.

Went there in the 50s with my folks and saw Saturn and its rings.

Great photo. Not sure how they’d react to be called a “dude” 😀

It's not dark enough anymore? Really. It's been 20 years since I left but back then you could see all the stars

Went there as a kid during a field trip with the Cubs.

They had Saturday night public star gazing. Saw Pluto there...when it was still a planet!

Very few even know it's there and fewer knows what it was / is

Went there in below zero F. one night around 1950. The dome was not heated. Brrrr.

Coner of Maple Drive and Carling Avenue.

I wonder if they ever aimed it at Parliament Hill to see if they could find human life or maybe I should say intelligent life?

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