Roll Out the Barrel

As the summer has worn on, I’ve found myself to be in much less of a writing mood than I would otherwise be. Fortunately, this week’s cooler and rainier weather has made it possible for me to recapture some of that discipline in time for the beginning of school in the fall. My beloved Model M (which Charles generously gifted to me this winter), as it is, has been filling my small bachelor apartment with the music of creativity. Nevertheless, in spite of the slower pace over June and July, I have been at least a little productive.

Raccoons in the Penthouse (and an RCMP inquiry too!)

For Ottawa Start, my most recent story was about the Suites of Somerset Apartments, which was originally known as the Laurentian Towers. While most remember it for the …uhh, then-expected ambiance of a Hintonburg apartment building, it was the penthouse that seemed to be the big source of action.

Update! In all the revisions, the Laurentian Towers project was designed by hardworking Ottawa architect J. Morris Woolfson.

Neighbourhood Walk: Taking a stroll along Uptown Rideau

The Bytowne Theatre is probably the most well-loved feature of Uptown Rideau. Image: July 2014.
The Bytowne Theatre is probably the most well-loved feature of Uptown Rideau. Image: July 2014.

For Spacing Ottawa, I took another neighbourhood stroll – this time along Cobourg and Uptown Rideau. If you’re interested in the Parc Beausoleil Co-op, Macdonald Gardens Park, Macdonald Manor, the EconoLodge, the Bytowne, and more, you’ll maybe want to take a peek.

An Armed Presence in Midtown (The London Arms on Metcalfe)

No, we're not in London. The London Arms Apartments, at 151 Metcalfe, was originally christened the Midtown Apartments. Image: September 2013.
No, we’re not in London. The London Arms Apartments, at 151 Metcalfe, was originally christened the Midtown Apartments. Image: September 2013.

The London Arms, long-noticed and somewhat semi-anonymous, sitting across from the former St. George’s Anglican church is another one of the Shenkman’s Depression-era apartment projects. Constructed on the site of a former squash court-cum-dance studio, it was originally known as the Midtown Apartments. I wrote this piece for Ottawa Start at the end of June.

 

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