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Sophia Wong shares the morning puzzler with a question about this Ottawa building.
"Here's a puzzler for you. It's 88 Spadina Avenue in Hintonburg, now now the offices of @carsinthecapital. I understand that it was originally stables for farmers coming into the City to sell produce at Parkdale Market. True?" ... See MoreSee Less
A good look at the building will tell you it's late 20th century construction. There may have been a stable or other market-related building there once, but it's long gone.
Robert R. Foster seemed to run several operations from 88 & 86 Spadina from the 1900s-1920s. Had ads hiring quarrymen, teamsters & blacksmiths. Multiple horse references (Foster also raced them). Assuming there was a stable but not sure about Parkdale Market vendors. His family seemed to own multiple properties on Spadina. In the 50s & 60s, it was DuPont Body Work. In the 70s, 86 Spadina was an excavation equipment rental (Dir-Ex Ltd). I’m assuming this occupied 88 too. Most recently, 88 Spadina was occupied by the condo developer that built the building at 12 Hamilton. ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/crushed-hopthey-thought-they-were-getting-a-condo-then-the-deve...
you could always check the address in an old city directory online at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/directories-collection/Pages/directories-collection.aspx
Friends run an auto shop in Kanata that looks somewhat similar to this, and it was some kind of former ambulance depot up until 15 or 20 years ago.
My family, the Woods family lived next door, house on the left, 94 Spadina, from 1963 to 1980. It was never a fire hall or ambulance base. Beacon Lite Ltd. was in the building until the excavation company moved in. Chloe White Gail Brown
I lived right across the street in the mid 2000s. But I think the farming was before then.
I doubt it, it appears to be too far away ... 8+ blocks.
Old ambulance bases ambulances didn't have bases until the city took over ambulances instead of the Ministry of health
My mom and dad lived on Spadina when they first moved to Ottawa.
When I was a kid my aunt lived on Spadina and it was a sign making shop. I can still remember the big yellow sign that read SIGNS. I think it was a rickety old wooden building.
I think it was either a old fire hall or ambulance base. It has the ok’d city of Ottawa brick work
Kevin Leathem shares an old Nepean road sign, writing:
"In loving memory of my father W.T. (Bill) Leathem who passed away 10 years ago today. He was the Commissioner of Planning for the City of Nepean from 1970-1995 and instrumental in the development of Andrew Haydon Park, Barrhaven and the Hunt Club Road.
Bill Leathem Drive in Barrhaven. Miss you dad." ... See MoreSee Less
A role in the development of an enviable pre-amalgamation city.
I worked with Bill at old Nepean City Hall in Bells Corners. A true gentleman.
My father did many projects for the City of Nepean over the years that Bill was involved in. Always spoke highly of your father as a friend and colleague.
A station wagon for everyone!
Shared by Ken Clavette, who writes:
"For the car people (what make and year?). For CFRA lovers (they won a prize at some event). For anyone that remembers the pre-1967 grandstand at Lansdowne.
The picture was taken as a slide photo almost fifty years ago and is starting to fade. So a challenge for photo restoration people, as well!" ... See MoreSee Less
1964 Pontiac....and I'd bet the winner was announced by Ken "the general" Grant.
That car is a fine illustration of the term “road boat”. Can’t even imagine parallel parking that beast after years of driving a Mazda 2.
Try and park one of those at Farm Boy parking lot!!!!
I always hated those support columns. Invariable they would block my view of an important football play.
It’s probably sitting on the Stock Car race track at Landsdowne.
Yes 1964 Pontiac. The front grill is very similar to the one on a 1963.
Big sucker. Looks like you'd have to drive it all the way to Prescott just to turn it around. 😉
I would guess 66 Pontiac
This is definitely a 1966 Pontiac Catalina Safari.
1964 our family had one when I was a kid
1964 Pontiac, I had one...
Snowplow you got nothing on this beast Clear the end of your laneway in a heartbeat.
We had a 67 mercury wagon which was slightly larger but a bucketful more stylish than any GM product
Ottawa's Tulip Festival officially started today. In honor of the occasion, Don Wiggans shares this picture from the 1950s when the the festival got started.
"Since the Canadian Tulip Festival is on, here is a slide from 1955. I remember my mom taking me to see the tulips when I was a kid .
There was always a mounted policeman at the festival.
I was always quite worried about the horse droppings on the road that nobody cleaned up. Seems horse droppings have no harmful bacteria because they don't eat meat. It just dries up and blows away." ... See MoreSee Less
I always loved the tulips when I lived in Ottawa as a child. There weren’t any big events back then but I didn’t care. All I cared about was walking around the gardens and just drinking in the beauty!
maybe some folks from Lowertown East can answer...do they still plant the tulips in THIS Park, like they used to?
Not sure I needed the poop analysis, but nice historical picture.
Grandparents lived on The Driveway at the Bronson Street Bridge - I so remember those beautiful globe lamps as well. A beautiful childhood memory.
Excellent period piece, but the tulips and the Mounties serge clash.
Erica Westbrook shares a photo of Ottawa kids having old school fun in Carlington in the 1950s.
"Ignore the party going on at 1342, this is what Larose Avenue looked like in 1956. That huge elm stood where Larose meets Kirkwood." ... See MoreSee Less
The Clark kids grew up at 1368 Leaside in the ‘50’s and ´60’s and it looked just like this. All these parallel streets running off Merivale, Larose, Leaside , Laperriere, Lepage,looked alike and were full of kids to play with.
What a lovely photo
I grew up on Leaside.
Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies.......
Grew up on Lepage Avenue, moved there July 01, 1959-2005.
Didn't Paul Anka live in the neighborhood?
Ring Around the Rosy ?
All the affordable houses stand out to me :))
I currently live right across the street from this photo, nice to see what the neighborhood looked like when it was brand new. FYI - that house on the right just sold for $650k+ (crazy).
Outdoor Ottawa Art, featuring a giant ball in front of the Lorne Building on Elgin Street in 1969, when the Lorne Building housed the National Gallery.
We posted this picture years ago it got some pretty funny comments, but we never did learn the name of the piece (assuming it's a sculpture) or where it went.
Imagine coming across that while sweeping the floors at night in night in a government warehouse ... but maybe they should bring it back out and put it beside the big silver ball at the NRC on Montreal Road!
(Toronto Public Library tspa_0107360) ... See MoreSee Less
I loved that gallery and it’s location. So accessible to kids to wander in and enjoy.
I loved that gallery to pieces. Went there many times. It was kind of a refuge for me in my teenaged angst.
So odd to see that wide open space where the Rideau Centre now sits.
I wonder if that guy with the *really* big pool cue had something to do with it
I see the bus stop. The no. 6 was really handy for us in the Glebe. Looks like the kind of stop that was barely marked. I don't believe they even had any signage telling you what buses stopped there.
I worked there in the late eighties for PWGSC. Building full of asbestos.
Jason O'Dale this was on my feed today anday after we were talking about it.
Better than the ugly spider in front of the new Gallery on Sussex.
I’ve been saying it for years. Ottawa needs many more outdoor art exhibits like this. Also , I really hope they bring back the balancing statues near the senate building. The faces along elgin are a nice touch I noticed recently to 👌🏻
I loved that building. It had a special sound and scent. And so easy to pop in for a few minutes, if only to visit the CNIB cafeteria on the top floor.
Caroline Kealey shares the morning puzzler, with a query about this Ottawa building.
"Does anyone know the story behind this unusual building in Hintonburg? It's on Armstrong across from McCormick Park and always catches my eye." ... See MoreSee Less
I remember having my hair cut in that building by Chantal Larocque at her salon Bobbi Pin! Great memories 🙂
I remember it being a clothing shop and then a salon, I never knew it was originally an ice house! Neat ☺️
That’s interesting about the ice business there. Hubert Heating, a great business a few blocks away, was sold a few years ago and now there is a low rise multi unit building there.
And the [clothes] store before their move to west wellington. This lot and adjacent ones have had a rough time in recent years; the local garage using it for their customers' cars is probably the only thing keeping it from becoming a row of $750k executive townhomes.
At some point in the late 70s it was the office for Malbouf Plumbing. My dad worked out of there.
It must have been the office for an ice business and not an ice house itself, too small.
I love all these responses! I had no idea it had been an ice house. What a cool piece of Hintonburg history
Merivale Road, just south of Clyde. Wonderful example of early Minimalist Industrial architecture.
Contact Grant Street Garage they owned the building for many years and recently sold it along with the house and lot beside it for development.
My family has been in Ottawa for a while, my dad told me it was an Ice House until the 20’s/30’s when people had electricity and fridges. It was where ice blocks from ottawa were stored in straw to keep ice boxes cold all summer! 🧊 That building was also a neat jewelry studio in the 90’s.
In 2007 it was a used car lot. 2009 is was BobbyPin Hair Studio, the it became Twiss & Weber in around 2012. Then the building started to rot away into nothing.
This community is amazing! Can't believe all the history coming to life so quickly after a brief request for info this morning. A fun diversion in the midst of a time low on fun - thank you Lost Ottawa and crew!
sad to see these old buildings being demolished they have so much history, some more than others.
I've seen this cute little bldg deteriorate over time... this is the back door in 2019.
Has been a jeweller, a clothing store and a hair place. I think this was Muriel Dombret's first location.
I work at 35 Armstrong. When it was Bobby Pin Hair Salon my colleague painted the west side of the building with flowers. I think it is all faded off now. (Photo from Google maps)
I lived in the house next door and had the best neighbours ever in Ottawa’s best neighbourhood!
When we moved to the neighbourhood in 2012 it was the cutest little shop, Twiss & Weber. I would go there and pay to use a machine by the hour. Laura Twiss would guide me. I’d love to restore the house next door—So grand!
Afterwards it was a hair salon, Bobbie Pin I think, then the first location of Twiss and Weber. It's been abandoned for at least 10 - 15 years, probably longer.
It’s been abandoned a few years. I see there’s a notice that might tell you what’s going on.
I got my hair cut here as a kid when it was a salon called Bobby Pin. That was 20+ years ago.
My grandfather would cut ice from the river and bring it to them. That building was the store and the ice house was behind it!!
There is a simular looking building on Bank st. and Riverdale.
At 177 Armstrong. The ice business was the first occupant as noted in the comments. Started up in 1949. They used to cut the ice out of the Ottawa River. Not sure how things worked in the summer, unless they had a really big freezer. Once you google the address you can find a lot if there were environmental assessments done, which was done for the site plan notice you can see on the sign. Let me guess. Some condos are going up there.
I had my hair cut several times as well.
We pose the Evening Puzzler, featuring this very rare Comet automobile, built in Montreal in 1907 and now in the collection of the Ottawa's Science and Tech Museum.
The car is is rare because not that many automobiles have been produced in Montreal, not that many were made by this company, and this is the only Comet survive -- but that's not the puzzler!
No, the question has to do with one time owner and restorer of this vehicle. He was H. G. Kavanagh, who apparently kept his collection in VanKleek Hill, about an hour east of Ottawa itself. Does anybody know about this gentleman?
He sold 17 cars to the museum altogether, several of them also very rare. I'm doing some research on these cars and would love to know more about him and his collecting. ... See MoreSee Less
Well, working from Carol Kerr's obit, I found out that Hugh Gordon Kavanagh was a Montreal "millionaire" who loved cars. Still don't know what he did to make his money. I also found out that 44 of his cars were put on display in the British Pavilion at Expo 67, when the Expo was repurposed and reopened in 1968.
A little more history: Henry Gordon Kavanagh B-21 Sept 1923 • Montréal, Québec D-04 Nov 1989 • Montréal Québec & Germaine Nantel B-11 Jan 1924 • Montréal, Québec D-10 May 2006 • Montréal, Québec ***************************** John Patrick Kavanagh B-13 Aug 1883 • Ste-Brigitte-de-Laval, Québec D-18 Jan 1962 • N-D-G, Montréal, Québec married 20 Jun 1916,St-Antoine-Abbé, Québec Rose Hannah Leahy B- 14 Jun 1888 • Hinchinbrook, Quebec D- 1966 • Montreal, Quebec ****************************** William Kavanagh B- 17 May 1846 • Laval, Québec D- ABT. 1915 • Montréal, Québec married 20 Jan 1874 - Laval, Québec. Mary Ann Conway B- 04 Sep 1843 • Portneuf, Québec D- 05 Feb 1931 • Montréal, Québec ***************************** Tobias Kavanagh B- 1797 • Co Carlow, Ireland D- 02 Dec 1871 • Lac Beauport, Québec & Ann Kenney B- 1805 • Ireland D- 01 Nov 1877 • Lac Beauport, Quebec
I like to look at them . Not my cup of tea
How about this for a ride Warren Rogalsky ? 😉
Wayne Attfield does the name sound familiar ?
Ottawa's Most Lost ... on my list of fabulous physical features of the city that have disappeared over the years. Created around 1875, it was filled in around 1945.
In this case, it's the lake that once existed in the northeast corner of Major's Hill Park (Notre Dame Basilica in the background).
Can you spot the three gents relaxing in the shade? People still do that in Major's Hill. I mean, if we ever get a sunny day ...
(LAC PA045683) ... See MoreSee Less
Why do we remove beautiful landscape features
Anyone have photos of the public pool that once was in Stanley Park?
How lovely! I wish I could have lived in the Ottawa of the late 1800s instead of the Ottawa of today. It seems to have been both more beautiful and more fun.
I notice they are respecting distancing ;p
The artificial lake was created as part of the landscaping accompanying the construction of the Printing Bureau, and was first filled with water in late August, 1889. It was eliminated in the summer of 1943. From the Journal, Jan. 31, 1944:
It's sunny today...
It looks lovely but didn’t I see a reference here previously that it was stagnant water and thus quite problematic?
Ottawa from the Air ... well, at least from the top of the Lord Elgin Hotel, looking down on the Army, Navy and Air Force buildings that used to occupy the site of the current County Courthouse and Ottawa CIty Hall.
The year is 1947. Rare to see a color photo from this era.
To the left of the picture you can see the top of Roxborough Apartments that used to stand on the northeast corner of Elgin and Laurier.
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I work there in the early 60s and 70s and I was working in B Building when the flq bombed the front of the building the Communication Center and someone died
I went there for testing and interviews before enrolling in 1971.
What were the buildings made of? Wood? Stone?
I worked there in 1972. A very depressing place.
My Dad worked there, and I visited him often as I attended Lisgar next door. My most vivid memory is of tobacco smoke and creaky floors.
My father who was in the army worked in one of these buildings. He lovingly supported all of the local beer taverns.
worked there in '68-69 then moved to the new NDHQ
Just to the left of the chimney, centre of photo, is that the Lees Ave gas plant?
Do you have any photos of the temp buildings that used to sit over by the Supreme Court building? I worked in them as a summer student in 1962.
My dad used to work in that building. I remember visiting his office as a young lad in the 70s.
I spent 2 summers working for DND in those buildings!
I worked there in 1972 just before they were torn down. Temporary??
Before my time but I heard that Ottawa only existed in black and white till sometime around 1960. Photo must be colourized?
I used to work at the old NDHQ building back in the seventies. Best thing they ever did was to tear it down. It was a rat trap.....
Based on the contrast characteristics, this was shot on slide (positive) film.
Spent more time in the pub in The Lord than on the roof...
I worked there for a few years, in the 70s. It's always a surprise to see how big it was from the overhead shots.