<A utility box painting on Rideau Street>
<ABOVE – The Library of Parliament>
<OTTAWA has a growing number of bike paths.>
<Demolition near famed BYWARD MARKET, to be replaced by a Brazilian restaurant>
The 1927 Beaux Arts Wellington Building, soon to be the temporary House of Commons for 25 years, while the original undergoes renovations on Parliament Hill.
Architect: NORR Architects & Engineers Limited
Heritage Conservation Architect: Architecture EVOQ inc.
Image: doublespace photography
<ABOVE – the “original” House of Commons facing a 25-year reno>
<PHOTO – looking down on the National Gallery>
OTTAWA – on the surface – is like any other Canadian city. But it’s also our national capital, home to Parliament, the National Gallery, National Arts Centre, several post-secondary institutions, the Governor-General and Prime Minister’s residences, posh Rockcliffe, a collection of first-rate museums. the National War Memorial – and it boasts low unemployment.
The National Gallery, 380 Sussex Drive, was designed by MOSHE SAFDIE, and opened in 1988.
There are two big shows at the National this summer – ‘Impressionist Treasures’ features masterpieces from the renowned Ordrupgaard Museum in COPENHAGEN and its collection of works by artists of 19th-century French painting, Until September 9/2018. <PHOTO by Ross Winter>
‘The Extended Moment’ celebrates the National Gallery’s photography collection, assembled over the past fifty years. Featuring 175 pictures and related images from the Canadian Photography Institute, the exhibit juxtaposes history with recent works. We drove to OTTAWA specifically to see this show. It was worth it.
<PHOTO BELOW – ‘Breezewood, Pennsylvania, 2008’ by TORONTO photographer EDWARD BURTYNSKY is included in ‘The Extended Moment’. Focus is on a sign-saturated gasoline alley leading to a freeway interchange, taken from a high vantage point.
The OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery), 50 MacKenzie King Bridge, recently opened a brand new building in the capital. Spanning five floors its premiere exhibition includes the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art and a large display of vintage & contemporary Indigenous art. <PHOTO – Ross Winter>
Within the building – a fine cafe and restaurant, research facility, two rooftop terraces, and five times the space the gallery once had.
OTTAWA Art Gallery hours – 9 am to 9 pm. Architects – KPMB
The highlight of my visit was the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place in LeBreton Flats – our country’s collection of military history. It’s massive. You could spend an entire day here.
Among the exhibits – models for Canada’s Vimy Ridge Monument in France <photo above>, 2,500 pieces of war art, audio-visual displays, naval guns, multiple tanks, motorcycles and aircraft.
Within the walls of the War Museum – the Military History Research Centre and a collection of about 500,000 artifacts, including uniforms, medals, weapons, military vehicles and artillery.
The original CWM was founded in 1880; the new one opened in May/2005. Architects – Raymond Moriyama and Teshima