A View of Bank and Sparks, c. 1974

The Embassy, at the end of days, c. 1974. Image: Trevor Button via Lost Ottawa.

One of the frustrations that I had writing about the south-west corner of Bank and Sparks last year is that great visuals were surprisingly difficult to come by. Earlier this week, Trevor Button shared with Lost Ottawa a much better one taken by his grandfather in 1974 as the block was being prepped for construction of the C.D. Howe Building.

Although I don’t have anything in particular against the C.D. Howe Building, I do prefer a finer-grained urban fabric myself.