The El Ropo Restaurant

Beechwood, City of Vanier / Ville de Vanier, Restaurant

Though it may not seem like it today, certain parts of Vanier North and New Edinburgh were at one point a site of industrial activity and the sort of rough living that is often associated with it. Given its location at the corner of Beechwood and Charlevoix in Vanier (then Eastview), close to Betchermann Iron […]

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The View From Up Here

Condominium, Development, Ottawa

Though an award-winning project, the Highlands condominium on St. Laurent seems unremarkable – at least in style – to most. Indeed, in spite my own enthusiasm for this brown brick beauty, I’ve more often than not found that most seats on the bandwagon go unfilled. The same cannot be said for the people who have lived […]

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A Major Development in Sandy Hill

Apartment, Ottawa, Sandy Hill

With all of the beautiful and interesting heritage properties that stand in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood, it’s somewhat interesting that the apartments above are (a) the first buildings that I really remember loving in the neighbourhood, and (b) still among my favourite. In a setting filled with delightful institutional architecture and numerous Victwardian houses, for […]

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Thorncrest Shopping Centre, 1955

Etobicoke, Midcentury, Retail & Commercial, Toronto

It all depends on how you slice and dice it, though it would not be unfair to at least entertain Thorncrest Village’s claim to be Canada’s first planned community. At least not Canada’s first post World War II planned community. To be certain, comprehensive community plans existed previous to the war and, honestly, claims to “first” tend […]

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The View From Up Here


Condominium, Development, Ottawa

Though an award-winning project, the Highlands condominium on St. Laurent seems unremarkable – at least in style – to most. Indeed, in spite my own enthusiasm for this brown brick beauty, I’ve more often than not found that most seats on the bandwagon go unfilled. The same cannot be said for the people who have lived […]

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Major Development in Sandy Hill


Apartment, Ottawa, Sandy Hill

With all of the beautiful and interesting heritage properties that stand in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood, it’s somewhat interesting that the apartments above are (a) the first buildings that I really remember loving in the neighbourhood, and (b) still among my favourite. In a setting filled with delightful institutional architecture and numerous Victwardian houses, for […]

Friday, November 24, 2017

J. Morris Woolfson’s Commissions


Architects, Map, Ottawa

 If you’ve ever looked into the construction of apartments, small commercial buildings, and industrial buildings in Ottawa during the mid-century period, there is a nearly 100% chance that you’ve come across a building that was either designed by or altered by J. Morris Woolfson. WOOLFSON, Julius Morris (1906-1996) opened his office in Ottawa, Ont. […]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ottawa’s Apartments in 1950


Apartment, Map, Ottawa

Continuing with my use of Might’s Directories to collect data on apartment buildings, above is a map with all of the apartment buildings listed in the 1950 edition. For each of the points on the map, I have given the apartment building’s name (if it has one), its address, and if it has been demolished or […]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017