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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). ... See MoreSee Less
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!
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
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.
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
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.
I think I did a graphic arts coop at a print shop there when I was in high school.
I like 'art is in', fun place to take friends...delicious too!
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.
Worked for Campbell Printing at City Center for 5 years !
I worked there in the 60's.
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.
Use to skateboard down the side ramps when it was first built. Before that, there was a lumber yard, coal in stalls.
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!
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 Centre 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, exploring boxcars 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.
The french and asian gangs used to rumble under the overpass here