A Traffic (Light) Snarl in Westboro

A corner that remains somewhat familiar: Richmond Road and Churchill in Westboro. July 20, 1956. Image: City of Ottawa Archives CA039635.
A corner that remains somewhat familiar: Richmond Road and Churchill in Westboro. July 20, 1956. Image: City of Ottawa Archives CA039635.

Outside of the specific commercial mix, the built form of the intersection of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue in Westboro has not changed dramatically in the last 60 years.

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Ottawa’s Apartments, 1955

J.R. Beach's 1950 apartment at 196 Metcalfe. Image: June 2016.
J.R. Beach’s 1950 Beach Apartments (now Algonquin Annex) at 196 Metcalfe. Image: June 2016.

Back in March, I transcribed the list of apartment buildings from the 1945¬†Might’s Directory of the City of Ottawa and ran some minor analysis of the proportion of apartment buildings in each of Ottawa’s neighbourhoods. I decided to jump ahead to 1955, as a massive transition in the Canadian housing market was well underway.

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