<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
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 OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery), 50 MacKenzie King Bridge, recently opened a brand new five-storey building in the capital. <PHOTO ABOVE – 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