A Six Pack of Wolves in Centretown

Wolf Shenkman. Source: Ottawa Jewish Archives.
Wolf Shenkman. Source: Ottawa Jewish Archives.

By the late 1920s, if you were to press an Ottawan to name a builder of apartments, there is a good chance they would name Wolf Shenkman. Shenkman arrived in Ottawa in 1904 and quickly began to buy and sell investment properties as well as construct homes. His first apartment building was completed in 1911.1Well, appears to be have been completed in 1911. The first instance of him being associated with apartment construction in the Contract Record is located in the April 5, 1911 edition. It is at the corner of Stewart and Cumberland in Sandy Hill, but have not verified this. See: “Residences,” Contract Record, Vol. 25, No. 14, p. 56.

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1. Well, appears to be have been completed in 1911. The first instance of him being associated with apartment construction in the Contract Record is located in the April 5, 1911 edition. It is at the corner of Stewart and Cumberland in Sandy Hill, but have not verified this. See: “Residences,” Contract Record, Vol. 25, No. 14, p. 56.

Tabletop Apartments

The Queen Elizabeth Apartments (201 Metcalfe, at Lisgar) was constructed in 1939 for local dairyman Isidore Stone. Image: March 13, 2016.
The Queen Elizabeth Apartments (201 Metcalfe, at Lisgar) was constructed in 1939 for local dairyman Isidore Stone. Image: March 13, 2016.

If you’ve run into me lately, you were doubtlessly entreated to some words about apartment buildings in Ottawa. I can’t help it, the topic has been rolling around in my mind for a decade or so.

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Lancaster’s Merivale Night Move

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The Lancaster Shopping Centre, just after opening. Image: Archives of Ottawa, Item CA004606, June 13, 1954.
On April 28, 1954, residents of the rapidly developing part of Nepean Township known as City View were welcomed to the grand opening of the Lancaster Shopping Centre. Constructed by subdivider and homebuilder William Lancaster and designed by architect Norman Sherriff, the small plaza opened with Hyde’s IGA Foodliner, Tom Reith’s Hardware, the Elm Grove Pharmacy, and a post office.1Ottawa Journal, April 28, 1954, p. 12.

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1. Ottawa Journal, April 28, 1954, p. 12.

Insulting Infrastructure

The Royal, with the much-hated water tower, c. 1955. Source: Archives of Ottawa, Item CA0043036.
Part of the Royal, with the much-hated water tower, April 26, 1955. Source: Archives of Ottawa, Item CA0043036.

Another shot of the Royal Ottawa Sanitorium, including the “insulting” water tower on the grounds, overlooking Island Park.

From the other side, on Island Park. Image: Archives of Ottawa, Item 031662, March 17, 1955.
From the other side, on Island Park. Image: Archives of Ottawa, Item 031662, March 17, 1955.

Elgin’s Rainbow

Walking north on Elgin. Image: City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA033357.
Walking north on Elgin. Image: City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA033357, June 26, 1955.

When I wrote about the Rainbow Restaurants on Queen and Elgin last, I did not have an image of the one on Elgin. Thanks to the Archives of Ottawa, I do. Minus the sign, the car, and the sisters, the scene should be familiar today.

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Laurentian Terrace from Above

Laurentian Terrace as seen from above in 1944. Source: NAPL Flight A7193, Photo 33, September 16, 1944.
Laurentian Terrace as seen from above in 1944. Source: NAPL Flight A7193, Photo 33, September 16, 1944.

When I wrote last winter about Laurentian Terrace, the government’s residence for young unmarried women in the Civil Service, I was disappointed that I was unable to locate an aerial photograph from when it was still standing. Thankfully, that is no longer the case, and above it can be seen on a clear September day in the shadow of the former Dominion Printing Bureau.