Quick Shot: Roxborough Apartments

The Roxborough once stood proud at Laurier and Elgin. Source: Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, Library and Archives Canada, PA-023247
The Roxborough once stood proud at Laurier and Elgin. Source: Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, Library and Archives Canada, PA-023247

Although Confederation Park is quite nice and a small oasis on a warm summer day (not to mention a central and convenient-to-me location), it came at a cost. In this case, one part of that cost was the loss of the Roxborough Apartments, once a well-loved presence at the corner of Elgin and Laurier but demolished to make way for the park. To boot, the home of Mackenzie King for more than a decade. I’m certainly not going to go over the fine work of others. The Midcentury Modernist gave the site a great look at part of his Mackenzie King Bridge series, Alexandre Laquerre painstakingly replicated the scene today, and Mike Steinhauer explored it as part of a piece on Ottawa’s “Grand Dame” apartments.

I’m really just here to put up the architectural drawings, done by H.C. Stone, that I recently came across on the LAC wesbite. I’d prefer that they were higher resolution, but I’ll take what I can get.

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