Château Laurier Addition

Photo Credits: Château Laurier: Julie Oliver, Ottawa Citizen. Proposed Addition: architectsAlliance (2019). Compositing Credit: Barry Padolsky Associates Inc Architects (2019)


Ottawa City Council has voted to allow this inappropriate addition to the Château Laurier to proceed.


Heritage Ottawa and Friends of the Château Laurier remain committed to preventing a design which denigrates rather than enhances this venerable historic place.

Heritage Ottawa has retained legal counsel and with support of the Friends, launched a SAVE THE CHÂTEAU LAURIER fundraising campaign toward the legal costs of fighting this incompatible and inappropriate addition.

CLICK HERE for more information about how you can donate, or click the DONATE NOW photo-link at upper right for direct access to our GoFundMe page.  All contributions, large or small, are appreciated!  Scroll through the pages below for the latest Château Laurier related news and advocacy efforts. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


  • UNESCO wants Château Hotel Addition Reassessed 'Before any Irrevocable Decisions Are Made'

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Tom Spears

    UNESCO warns that the planned addition to the Château Laurier could damage the “viewscape” and the overall value of the Rideau Canal, which is a World...

  • Senator caps lifelong fight by taking aim at Château Laurier addition

    THE CANADIAN PRESS, By Lee Berthiaume

    A soon-to-be-retired senator has taken his decades-long fight to protect important heritage buildings to “the heart of the nation,” where his final act...

  • This Holiday Season, we’re thankful for your support!


    With help from the Friends of the Château Laurier and people from across the country, Heritage Ottawa achieved our goal of raising $150,000!

    Thanks to hundreds of...

  • Château Laurier, Heritage Ottawa appealing committee of adjustment decision on controversial hotel addition

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    The owner of the Château Laurier is appealing a committee of adjustment decision rejecting part of the company’s plan to build an addition on the north side...

  • Château Laurier addition now in limbo after variance rejected

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Andrew Duffy

    The controversial addition to the Château Laurier is suddenly in a state of limbo after the city’s committee of adjustment rejected the hotel owner’s request...

  • Committee of Adjustment rejects "Minor Variance" for Château Laurier addition


    The planned expansion of the Château Laurier was dealt a blow Friday as the city's committee of adjustment said...

  • IMPORTANT PARTIAL VICTORY: Committee of Adjustment Ruling Denies "Minor Variance" for Château Laurier Addition


    In a unanimous ruling today, the Committee of Adjustment refused a "minor variance" for the Château Laurier addition.

    The ruling, which follows the Committee's...

  • Minor variance or major monstrosity? Château wall request sparks outcry

    Committee of adjustment to issue a decision on September 27

    CBC NEWS, By Kate Porter

    Ottawa's committee of adjustment had likely never seen so many big names before.


  • Linda Dicaire to Committee of Adjustment: Château a Defining Element of one of World's Most Exquisite Picturesque Compositions


    The following letter was submitted by Linda Dicaire to the Committee of Adjustment, asking for its dismissal of the minor variance application for the proposed Château...

  • Brian Anthony to Committee of Adjustment: This is not a "Minor Variance" but a Major Heritage Issue of National Proportions


    The following letter was sent today by Brian P. Anthony, past Executive Director of the Heritage Canada Foundation (now National Trust for Canada), to the Committee of...