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4 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Lost Ottawa Home Edition, featuring this posh neighbourhood, circa 1928.

As near as I can tell, this is Echo Drive -- with wooden planks for sidewalks.

Now there are no sidewalks at all!

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Lost Ottawa Home Edition, featuring this posh neighbourhood, circa 1928. 

As near as I can tell, this is Echo Drive -- with wooden planks for sidewalks.

Now there are no sidewalks at all!

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Definitely Echo Drive near Bank St. That first house on the right is two doors east of George Hay’s “Echo Bank House”. It’s still there. House was built after 1916.

I remember reading a story about Prime Minister Sir John A McDonald walking on wooden sidewalks to parliament.

Yeah its Echo near Bank St. with access from Riverdale.

Looks like this spot now.

Sheila, why they were called sidewalks not pavements!

It looks like Echo Drive

Hue Gladish??

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15 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Anneke Dubash shares a post from Ray Harris featuring four frequent Ottawa performers.

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Saw David Wiffen on several occasions at The Nozzle, upstairs on Rideau St, North Side, across the street from The Hayloft !!! I used to hang there most nights for a couple of years !!! Was so regular I’d run a bar tab between pay days and party after hours with the staff !!! Great memories of great people!

My first local live music show was in 1976 at the SAW gallery - David Wiffen. He's my favourite Ottawa musician by far.

Saw them here and there often.

16 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Along with Lincoln Fields, another Ottawa bar nites the dust -- Busters.

Pic shared by Jason Robillard who notes:Busters Bar and Grill is closed at Lincoln Mall. Moores is closing as well.
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Along with Lincoln Fields, another Ottawa bar nites the dust -- Busters.

Pic shared by Jason Robillard who notes:

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Sure are a lot of cars in the parking lot for a mall that's mostly empty.... who knew that Lincoln Fields had a Park and Ride? 😉

I remember when it was Lincoln fields: an open field. Before then the branches of the Pinecrest Creek merged somewhere near there.

I drlve by Lincoln Fields yesterday and it is NOT looking good. The developer has a huge sign up For lease. What's up?

I bought most of my record collection from Legend Records when it was located in Lincoln Fields.

My hubby & I had one of our first dates there...

So much have been taken away from older customers.....this Westgate Mall what’s next

I was shopping there late yesterday at Metro the mall is slowly it will be torn down I'm glad it's an eyesore sorry for everyone who lost their jobs but they're getting other ones.

i live very close by and still do my groceries at the mall. it is a dead zone. it's actually kinda spooky looking down the empty hallway in the middle of the day.

My family doctor there ..

If memory serves, wasn't this place Buffalo Charlie's years ago? (Along with a second location at Billings?)

More condos and no shopping, restaurants library, or anything to do but dwell in your condo.Not good planning for this area.

Yep it’s been know for a while the whole place is ready to rubble. It was a waste of space for a looooong time... out with the old in with the new

The land was sold and the mall is to be torn down;there is going to be a mix of apartments, seniors, etc.

Buster’s is moving to 420 Hazeldean and hope to be open by Sept 1st.

Buster bar i liked there food..going to miss. Use to go there after i buy a month pass at Lincoln field. And go to servise Canada.

Some good times there!

Yea! More condos!

I remember drinking in The Strand upstairs there somewhere

Buffalo Charlie’s RIP

Well it's to be expected. Buster's wasn't very good anyway.

Does anyone know where Moore's is going and how soon?

If you can shop at other than Metro you’ll save money. Their prices seem to be the highest in town.

Is Moore's moving?

Lincoln Fields has always been a dump.

Buster’s is moving in here....

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1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Your Morning Commute, heading north towards downtown on the Driveway, circa 1927.

The Driveway passed through Landsdowne Park at one time, and it seems it still did when this picture was taken, because the car has just passed through the entrance gate -- said to be made of 3000 varieties of Canadian Wood.

The gate would disappear, along with all the other "rustic" elements of the original Driveway, by the end of WW2.

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Your Morning Commute, heading north towards downtown on the Driveway, circa 1927.

The Driveway passed through Landsdowne Park at one time, and it seems it still did when this picture was taken, because the car has just passed through the entrance gate -- said to be made of 3000 varieties of Canadian Wood.

The gate would disappear, along with all the other rustic elements of the original Driveway, by the end of WW2.

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It is difficult to find even passing mention of this gateway in newspaper articles. I did find one article, however which mentions that even in 1918, there was concern that the gateway made the intersection with the end of Fifth Avenue a blind one. The Ottawa Improvement Commission built this at what was already the main entrance to the exhibition grounds at the foot of Elgin Street - established before the driveway was built. After the Bank street car became the main mode of travel to the exhibition grounds, the Bank Street entrance became the main entrance. The driveway was originally built to Lansdowne; when it was extended to Bank Street, and on to Dow's Lake and the Experimental Farm, it became a well-used transportation artery. It them made little sensed to have a ceremonial gateway at a location that was no longer the main park entrance. From the Ottawa Journal, May 20, 1918:

Here is colourized postcard of the arch. (Posted to Lost Ottawa in January 2018). Update: Circa 1914.

Before it was "the Driveway" it was Elgin Street. Credit goes to Alexander S. Woodburn, founder of the Ottawa Journal, member of City Council (1871), all round civic booster and organizer who was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Carleton County Exhibition Assocation that pushed the Elgin Street extension. In 1875 he had the city expand Elgin Street beyond Lisgar out to Lansdowne cutting the park in half and ending at Bank Street. The portion of Elgin in the Glebe would be added to the Driveway later and go around the park rather than through it.

That car is a later model than 1927; probably early '30's vintage. Too bad that the gateway is no longer there.

3,000 varieties of Canadian wood?...wow..What an idea of inclusion from one coast to another, no doubt..amen fact.

Marvelous

Library and Archives Canada. PA-009942.

Any leads on how one could find out more about the wooden gateway ? I'm a little dubious about the claim of it being made of "3000 varieties of Canadian wood".

The gateway was still there in 1931, but gone in 1933 (from aerial photos.)

What a shame they got rid of that wonderful gate.

Must’ve been before construction season.

Are you sure it is 1927 ? picture is not clear but that looks more like a model A ford 1928-1931

Is that Bank St in the background?

Like Emilio Garazgos, I too was skeptical of the "3000 varieties." But I've found some supporting history, I believe. I could not imagine the Ottawa Improvement Commission doing anything so "artsy-craftsy" (for lack of a better term.) It turns out the OIC didn't - but it was a Government project. A decorative rustic arch illustrating Canadian resources was built to be displayed in the Fish & Game building of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. It was reported to be built from three hundred - 300 not 3,000 - varieties of Canadian Wood. A 1905 note on the Ottawa Exhibition said that the rustic bridge (featuring flags and deer heads) which the Government had exhibited at the St. Louis Fair the previous would be on display inside the main building of the Ex - but the number of wood varieties was now claimed to be 3000! (I know Government projects tend to expand, but...) Finally, a Sept. 20, 1907 note on the Exhibition said the arch would be removed from the building for space reasons, and probably used to decorate the Driveway in the park. Here is an April 18, 1904 Journal story which mentions the rustic arch at the St. Louis World's Fair:

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1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Looking north across the Ottawa River at the E.B. Eddy in Hull.

Shared by Alexandre Bellerive, who writes:

"Hull in the early 1970s, before construction of the government buildings."
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Looking north across the Ottawa River at the E.B. Eddy in Hull.

Shared by Alexandre Bellerive, who writes:

Hull in the early 1970s, before construction of the government buildings.

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Looking west in this current Google Earth view, I highlighted the former EB Eddy White Swan plant, seen in the old photo with its distinctive four rooftop ventilation units. The plant was taken over by Scott paper and is now operated by Kruger. It lies at the end of Hotel-de-Ville at Laurier. To the left of the photo, Laurier can be seen curving around to where it eventually becomes Alexandre-Taché Boulevard. At right is the Museum of History and the Alexandra Bridge.

When I was a child growing up in the Alta Vista area, you could smell the EB Eddy plant sometimes on a cold day in the winter, if the wind was blowing a certain way. The Ottawa Board of Education had EB Eddy toilet paper in all of their girl's washrooms. It was dispensed from aluminum metal box, with the EB Eddy logo on it. ( This was in the 60's).

This view is looking west. In the foreground today would be the Canadian Museum of Civilization (I mean History). The church at bottom centre has been replaced by Galerie Montcalm. Just to the right of centre is the old Hull Town Hall (I think) that now overlooks Maisonneuve in its trench as it emerges from under the Place du Portage complex.

was this before the bridge was built?

2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Old and new in this photo taken out at Ottawa’s Science and Tech Museum on St. Laurent.

It’s a beautiful old carriage on top of a flatbed truck that is being used to move artifacts from the museum’s old storage warehouse to their new storage facility.

The museum has a great collection of wagons and carriages to go with its trains.
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Old and new in this photo taken out at Ottawa’s Science and Tech Museum on St. Laurent. 

It’s a beautiful old carriage on top of a flatbed truck that is being used to move artifacts from the museum’s old storage warehouse to their new storage facility. 

The museum has a great collection of wagons and carriages to go with its trains.

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and if the truck breaks down he has a spare ride?....lol...

That place is fucked

2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Hmmm ... seems we've been having some trouble with our posts over the last few days. They've been scheduled, but failed to appear.

Looking into the causes now ... hopefully tonights posts will come through!
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So Lost Ottawa’s posts of Ottawa are lost?

We will patiently wait!

Love your stories and pics. I have lived in the Ottawa area for many many years....

I have been seeing regular posts!

Facebook has been a little weird Lately!!😡

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Rode down to the Gaugin Portraits exhibit at the National Gallery today, but passed through Tin House Court and came across this striking new piece of outdoor Ottawa art.

It's entitled "Our Shepherds." Since it wasn't there last year and I'm sure most people have never seen it, it qualifies as "lost in plain sight."

As for the interpretation, according to a sign nearby, the two shepherds stand face-to-face atop two sheep, their noses connected by a long stick: "The stick recalls both the long staff carried by shepherds and Pinocchio's famously growing nose."

So the sculpture, by Montreal artist Michale Bérubé, is meant to make you think about power and those who take it, as well as the question ... who are the shepherds and who are the sheep?

It's also a very bright blue! Definitely changes the look of the court.

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Rode down to the Gaugin Portraits exhibit at the National Gallery today, but passed through Tin House Court and came across this striking new piece of outdoor Ottawa art.

Its entitled Our Shepherds. Since it wasnt there last year and Im sure most people have never seen it, it qualifies as lost in plain sight.

As for the interpretation, according to a sign nearby, the two shepherds stand face-to-face atop two sheep, their noses connected by a long stick: The stick recalls both the long staff carried by shepherds and Pinocchios famously growing nose.

So the sculpture, by Montreal artist Michale Bérubé, is meant to make you think about power and those who take it, as well as the question ... who are the shepherds and who are the sheep?

Its also a very bright blue! Definitely changes the look of the court.

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You should visit Kingston, it's beautiful this time of year and the buildings architecture are amazing. Beautiful place , hopefully I get the chance to visit again.

I agree with Dan, fountain and cobblestones much more appropriate to the area

I did work on the roof on the left of the picture

I love the salvaged Tin House facade, so glad they saved it.

Love it. Great addition to the Market.

I will definitely have to check this out, thank you.

Love it. Ottawa needs this type of thing.

Wow, that is a nice piece.

I walk through the court yards regularly. So happy that the construction here is finally done. This is a very unique piece for sure.

I noticed this one as well and I’m happy to hear the explanation

LOVE this!!!

I prefered the fountain and cobblestones

I love it. 🙂

I use to run rickshaws in the market back in the mid 80’s, the tin House was a great part of the tour!

We printed the Sign, It's a part of Heritage Canada's "Art in the Capital" Program.

Nobody ever seems concerned about the businesses that have closed since the NCC's delayed project. on the corner of Sussex and Clarence! What a waste!

I am all about art, but......

In Ottawa, there's Art-Is-In but alas, the rest is all Art-Is-Not-In. Or Bizzarro.

just not my cup of tea, thank you.

How is a sculpture like that not art? I'm genuinely curious how it is "not art." It's a sculpture. Maybe some don't like it, but not liking or liking something doesn't define it as art or not.

There are a lot more red sheep in Ottawa than blue.

Egads!

One sheep, two sheep, blue sheep.

I like it. A lot.

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Mark Dore shares a memory of a lost Ottawa store. Future Shop!

I used to like shopping there.

Says Mark,

"A drawer on a dresser I once lent to my late mother was sticking. I took out the drawers and found a wad of newspaper clippings. This caught my eye from Aug 2005. Notice the price, size and where from -- Future Shop. Now long gone."
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Mark Dore shares a memory of a lost Ottawa store. Future Shop!

I used to like shopping there.

Says Mark,

A drawer on a dresser I once lent to my late mother was sticking. I took out the drawers and found a wad of newspaper clippings. This caught my eye from Aug 2005. Notice the price, size and where from -- Future Shop. Now long gone.

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Wish something would move into the building that housed the Future Shop at Kanata Centrum ... Way too many empty storefronts around there now.

Wish they would bring it back. Liked it a lot better than Best Buy. The fact that sales people were on commission helped when it came to wheeling and dealing and a greater general knowledge on the products.

@ Alan Dempsey: The biggest difference was that at Future Shop the staff were “on Commission”, whereas Best Buy people are on straight salary. And it shows

Both my sons had part time jobs at Future Shop during school.

I preferred Future Shop over Best Buy.

I guess this store really had no "Future". 🤣

Aside for my defense of future shop, that seems like an expensive television, compared to today's prices.

I liked how they would open a CD for you try out.

Future Shop, you'll like what the future has in store.... and online!

Bad boy is going in where the future shop on merivale was.

Anyone remember Computer City at Pinecrest?

That TV would go for $150-$200 nowadays and it would be an LED not LCD.

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4 days ago

Lost Ottawa

People seemed to enjoy looking out over Westgate yesterday. So here is Ottawa's Billings Bridge circa 1960.

The only store name you can really make out is the Loblaws, but I do spy two gas stations.

Convoluted in and out road network even then?

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People seemed to enjoy looking out over Westgate yesterday. So here is Ottawas Billings Bridge circa 1960. 

The only store name you can really make out is the Loblaws, but I do spy two gas stations.

Convoluted in and out road network even then?

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That was my old hood. Ogilvy's was at the opposite end from Loblaws, and Woolworths at the Loblaws end. We moved to Ottawa in January of 1962 and this was our closest 'mall'. It was all outdoors. There is also a Steinbergs grocery about halfway down. It closed, but the Loblaws is still there. It's now a YIG. Very few of the original stores remain...its enclosed, and two storey.

In the 1980s, the second floor housed a Lewiscraft, and gift store called Serendipity. I remember Little Critters, Toy World, the restaurant, Swiss Pastries, Ogilvy's, Woolworth's. I went to Billings Bridge frequently in the 70s and 80s. I remember when the OC Transpo buses picked up and dropped off passengers, where the McDonald's is now.

There was a United Trust bank my mom worked there. The Legion branch 16 was upstairs my dad cleaned and drank in that place. And I used to wash the ashtrays for a quarter each and then go downstairs to buy some Laura Secord mint chocolate bars. Later in the early 80s I worked at Treble Clef and at the same time a friend worked at Big Steel.....thats a long time ago!!

I see my old nursery school (pre-kindergarten)! It’s still standing! NW corner of Riverside and Bank. It’s now some sort of clothing store. Is that the Harvey’s I also see?!

Indeed this photo was take after the first mall expansion. The original version ended at the Loblaws. After expansion a second grocery store Steinberg was added. I used to shop with my mom at Ogilvys. We loved their once a year fabric sale!

I bought half of my vinyl collection at Billings Bridge. I forget the name of the record store in the eighties, but it was upstairs, on the right as you entered the mall from the new transit station. I remember when CDs first appeared in that store... I went to high school with the son of the owners of Connie's Custom Tailoring (I think he took over the business), which was upstairs in the mall for decades, maybe still is.

Very early photo before the shopping centre was even planned. The area was still farmland.

I think I was at Billing’s Bridge 2 times in my life.

Dad being in RCAF we left Ottawa in 52 for postings was stationed at Rockliffe since 1940. Dad retired from RCAF in 62) it was 63 or 64 when we arrived back in Ottawa (Saville Apts behind Carlingwood Mall. So happy to be back home again. All the pics you post between those years sure shows me what I missed in those absent days. I sure made up for it in the 60's etc though. lol

My dad owned Reids Ladies Wear in the mall all through the 60’s .

I grew up in Alta Vista and spent a lot of time at BB over the years. In the 1960's, the large building at right side of photo was Ogilvy's - the store at far left of picture (closest to Bank St.) was Woolworths. A variety of other stores such as Birks Jewellers, Warren's Men's Wear (near the Loblaws), Steinburgs Grocery (towards the Ogilvy's), Reitman's, Irene Hill, Swiss Pastry, there was also a stationery store and a toy store but can't remember the names. Many other stores, the names of which don't come to mind immediately. With regard to the gas station, it was a BP (I think), and at one point, there was a Dunkin Donuts (where the McDonalds is now located). Lots of great memories of that mall.

Very fond memories of Billings Bridge -- particularly of the Mister Donut that was located on the Bank Street side, adjacent to the gas station. We used to go there after church every Sunday after mass at the Catholic church on Alta Vista (near Smythe) - can't recall its name, but I sure remember the donuts! On special occasions, we were allowed to order a "fancy" which was a bigger donut that was longer -- like a hot dog (basically two donuts' worth) and it was filled with cream. Ah good times. 😋

I remember this mall in the 1950’s. It started at Loblaws, the far left and far right buildings ( Ogilvy’s) hadn’t been built at that point. My parents used to take me with them when they went grocery shopping every Saturday morning. Mrs. Legras held ballet classes in the brown community building at the corner of Riverside and Bank. I went there too on Saturdays.

The coolest thing about this picture is the old Gloucester Township Hall at left, centre. After Ottawa annexed the area in 1950 the Gloucester Town Hall was actually within the Ottawa City limits until a new one was built at Leitrim in 1962.

Looks a lot how I remember it 69/71 from when we lived in the neighbourhood. The only real difference would be in the far right corner, where the toy shop was. Don't think that part exists in this photo. The donut shop appears to be missing. Loved that little shop.

We used to live just off Main St where the stone pillars are in the 50's and my parents would bring me grocery shopping with them at the Loblaws on Saturdays. I still shop at Billings.

In about 1967-8, I used to walk down there with a friend - we lived in the Glebe. There was a Woolworths at the Bank Street end, and the mall was totally open, ie, it wasn’t roofed over with shops on both sides of a central corridor.

We used to park there and walk or bus up to the ex every year at lansdowne .

Love it thank you Lived in Elmvale Acres during that time so family did shopping there alternating groceries between Steinbergs and Loblawa

Ogilvy's on the far right and Woolworth's on the far left. At the back of Billing's Bridge Plaza was an office of The Children's Aid, where my mother worked for many years. Beside the BP gas station on the left of Bank St, is a Harvey's. It was one of the first Harvey's and it was always been packed! On the right side of Bank, the brown building was a community center where they held ballet classes. I know this because I sat in there waiting for guitar lessons, only to find out I was in the wrong place. The guitar lessons were held in the white building, top floor, next to the brown building. The gas station on the right was a Sunoco.

The first place I went to shop by myself (early teens around the time the photo was taken). Even now a great place to shop , if you don't count the parking hassles.

In the back of the mall in the late 50’s they stored Santa’s red little cabin that was installed in the front parking lot during the Christmas season. You used to wait in line outside for your turn to visit Santa. De beaux souvenirs!

I always found it strange that at one point, the two gas/service stations that are immediately south of the bridge at Riverside Drive were BOTH Texaco's.. I had car repairs done at the one on the bottom left (Southeast corner) -- it was owned and run by the two Cutts brothers (Dave and ??, I believe). And yes, I recall the Mr. Donut store in the BB parking lot. Still have tools with Allen Hardware price stickers on them - still best quality and long-lasting!

I'd have to say Billings Bridge is one of the worst malls in Ottawa now. It took almost a month to fix an escalator, and it's broken down multiple times. I jokingly suggested they should replace the escalator with stairs to save costs. Now the mall is full of creepy old people and some sketchy people, which is all the good reasons to avoid this mall now, plus all the good stores have packed up and left.

If I remember right.... starting at bottom left, was the BP station (now a garage and car lot) bottom right, Esso (now a vacant lot) tucked in behind the trees by the triangular piece of land middle of pic on bank Street is the third gas station (the petro can) but it would have been a sunoco/fina/gulf at the time of photo.

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