50 Years | 50 Stories

Ontario 150

In celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2017, Heritage Ottawa is pleased to present 50 Years | 50 Stories.

Throughout the coming year, we'll share the stories of 50 buildings that Heritage Ottawa has helped to save and preserve for future generations during our 50 years of advocacy work as champions for outstanding historical architecture.

Our first story debuts on March 1, 2017 and will be followed by several stories per month until we reach our 50th story in December 2017. Many thanks to Ken Elder for the considerable hours of research he has devoted to this project.

All stories will be published in French on the French-language version of our website. 

Heritage Ottawa joins in celebrating Canada's and Ontario's 150th anniversaries during this landmark year!


Heritage Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario150 for this project.


  • Panet House | Maison Panet

    12. Panet House

    Completed in 1877, Panet House was built for Colonel Charles-Eugène Panet, Deputy Minister of Militia and Defence from 1875 until his death in 1898. The house is prominently sited on…

  • 11. Fraser School House

    The Fraser School House was originally constructed in 1837 by industrialist and founder of New Edinburgh Thomas McKay (1792-1855) as a semi-detached residence to house the workmen building his elegant family villa. Known locally…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - City Registry Office

    10. City Registry Office

    The City Registry Office formed part of the 19th-century judicial precinct, which included the Carleton County Courthouse, Registry Office and Gaol. The architect, recorded as “Mr. Hudson,” likely followed…

  • 9. No. 10 Graham Station

    Designed in 1920 by prominent Ottawa architect Werner Ernst Noffke, No. 10 Graham Station is an elaborate Spanish-Colonial style building named in honour of Ottawa Fire Chief John W. Graham, who served…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - La Salle Academy

    8. La Salle Academy

    The former La Salle Academy complex includes two significant mid-19th century buildings: the Bishop’s Palace and the Bytown College, both fronting on Sussex Drive between…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories: Pretoria Avenue Bridge

    7. Pretoria Avenue Bridge

    The Pretoria Avenue Bridge spans the Rideau Canal at Pretoria Avenue, linking Centretown and Old Ottawa East. Completed in 1918, it replaced the Argyle Bridge, an iron and timber swing bridge…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories -  Ottawa Normal School

    6. Ottawa Normal School

    The Ottawa Normal School, designed by Toronto-based architect Walter R. Strickland, presents an eclectic interpretation of the Gothic Revival style. The building’s symmetrical facade, enhanced by projecting centre and side pavilions with gabled entrances, is capped by…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories -  Carleton County Gaol

    5. Carleton County Gaol

    A solid stone structure signifying strength and austerity, the Carleton County Gaol was considered a “spacious, airy building” when it first opened in 1862, replacing “the wretched and poisonous basement” nearby, which had served as Ottawa’s first gaol for 20 years…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories -  Carleton County Court House

    4. Carleton County Court House

    Designed by civil engineer and architect Robert Surtees, the Carleton County Court House was built between 1870 and 1871 by contractor John Webster.  The new building replaced a small, square stone…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories: Billings Estate House

    3. The Billings Estate House

    Built as a family home by Braddish Billings, Gloucester Township's first settler in 1812, the Billings House is a classical design inspired by Georgian architecture. A home of distinction, it was …