Local History, Local Mercenary


Ottawa, Update / Monday, February 10th, 2014
Somerset Towers (West Tower), Carling Avenue. September 2013.
Somerset Towers (West Tower), Carling Avenue. September 2013.

While I’ve not been as productive on my own site as I have been in the past (soup cans and a new research contract has seen to that), I am still spreading the love. My weekly piece for Ottawa Start was about the Somerset Towers apartments on Carling Avenue, near Carlingwood Mall. Aside from their keen midcentury design, they captured my attention because they were constructed by the Romfield Building Corporation, which was better known to those of us in South Porcupine as Buffalo Ankerite.

Mousseau's Mosaic at the Jackson Building. January 2014.
Mousseau’s Mosaic at the Jackson Building. January 2014.

The week before that, also for Ottawa Start, I wrote a very short little piece about that delightful mosaic on the wall at the Bank Street entrance of the (storied) Jackson Building.

I also made my debut this morning with Spacing Ottawa. Rather than going into the same depth that I do here on a single subject, I’ll be contributing a regular neighbourhood walk. The idea is to replicate somewhat the sort of material I have on my Instagram account. Published this morning is a ramble in the south end of Sandy Hill, mostly along Mann Avenue.

Strathcona Heights, Mann Avenue at Goulborn Crescent. February 2014.
Strathcona Heights, Mann Avenue at Goulborn Crescent. February 2014.

 

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