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.


  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories: Atwood Block, 97-105 Rideau Street

    25. The Atwood, 101 Rideau Street, and the Featherstone Building

    Dating from the late-Victorian and Edwardian eras, these three adjacent buildings on the north side of Rideau Street, west of William Street, form part of a block-long, historic commercial streetscape…

  • 24. Central Experimental Farm: Part 2

    The designation of the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) as a National Historic Site in 1998 was a watershed moment in the Farm’s history. With its scientific importance internationally recognized, its key role in securing Canada’s food security…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - Central Experimental Farm, Part One

    23. Central Experimental Farm: Part 1

    The Central Experimental Farm (CEF) was established in 1886 by the Government of Canada. It includes an administrative core and range of support buildings, arboretum, ornamental gardens, display beds and experimental fields in a picturesque setting

  • 22. Clegg-Feller Building | Windsor Smoke Shop

    The Clegg-Feller Building is the oldest surviving examples of commercial architecture in Ottawa, according to architect Julian Smith. The five-bay commercial block on the northwest corner of Dalhousie and Rideau streets was likely built on speculation in 1864…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - ByWard Market Heritage Conservation District

    21. ByWard Market Heritage Conservation District

    The ByWard Market is named after Lieutenant-Colonel John By, who in 1827 drained and cleared the area’s dense cedar bog creating a commercial, non-military sector of Bytown to accommodate…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - ByWard Market Building

    20. ByWard Market Building

    The present ByWard Market Building, designed in 1927-1928 by architects Richards and Abra, is the fifth to house Ottawa’s public market, established by Colonel John By…

  • 19. Fleck-Paterson House | Embassy of Algeria

    The magnificent Fleck-Paterson House overlooking the Rideau River was designed by prominent Ottawa architect John W.H. Watts (1850-1917) for Andrew W. Fleck…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - Protestant Children's Village

    18. Protestant Children's Village

    The Protestant Children’s Village, formerly the Protestant Orphans’ Home, was founded in 1865 by the Ladies’ Protestant Benevolent Association of Ottawa to provide “...the relief, support and education of orphans…

  • 17. Poulin's Dry Goods | Zellers Department Store

    Built in 1871-1872 on the south-west corner of Sparks and O’Connor streets, this remarkable 3-storey brick commercial building was designed in the Italianate style. The design is attributed to…

  • Heritage Ottawa 50 Years | 50 Stories - Rideau Street Convent Chapel

    16. Rideau Street Convent Chapel

    Established in 1869 as a bilingual school for girls, the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (better known as the Rideau Street Convent) was soon expanding to meet enrolment demands…