Category: History

The Skyline: Elgin’s history

by Robert Smythe The opening of the nearby Victoria Memorial Museum and its surrounding park attracted the first wave of apartment houses to the south end of Elgin Street. This type of building had become newly respectable to the professional…

Skyline: The quest for public space

by Robert Smythe Centretown is a neighbourhood bereft of well-designed public spaces with great places to sit. Each new development has presented an opportunity to create new pocket parks, but the record is spotty. Is it possible to construct new…

Bank’s Heritage: the churches

By Robert Smythe Although its development was more closely associated with commerce, the Centretown section of Bank Street also had religious buildings. Here are four of Bank’s churches. (Photos: Library and Archives Canada, City Archives, Ottawa Journal) Tweet