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.


  • Lyette Fortin to Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Councillors: Rescind the Heritage Permit


    The following letter of concern for the Château Laurier addition was sent to Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Councillors by conservation architect Lyette Fortin.



    Originally published on May 25, 2019


    Heritage Ottawa has reviewed the fifth ‘’official’’ proposal for an addition to the Château Laurier...

  • Rivet: Château Laurier fight shows Canada's heritage sites are defenceless

    This situation at the doorstep of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s riding should be a call to action for her, as the federal leader on national historic sites, to address this blatant...

  • Gillespie: The Château Laurier could be one of the best hotels in the world. But not this way

    The expansion can and must still be stopped – and better ideas explored toward a new premier hotel for the next century.

    OTTAWA CITIZEN | OPINION, By Alastair Gillespie

    In the wake...

  • Can the NCC fill the leadership void in the Château Laurier debacle?

    Its role is limited, but given the stakes, the public would welcome any leverage

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    It was the first time in three years that Mayor Jim Watson came even...

  • Pivotal moment for architecture in wake of Château Laurier plans

    CBC RADIO | THE HOUSE, Chris Hall

    An architectural historian says the contentious planned addition to the Château Laurier could be the wake-up call Canada needs to better protect historic...

  • Controversial Chateau Laurier expansion not good enough, McKenna says

    THE CANADIAN PRESS, By David Reevely

    OTTAWA—Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wants the owners of the iconic Chateau Laurier by Parliament Hill to come up with another plan for an...

  • What's next for the controversial Château Laurier addition?

    CBC NEWS, By Kate Porter

    Critics opposing the proposed addition to the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa say their fight is not over, and federal representatives say they're interested in...

  • Decoding Five Comments from Council's Château Laurier debate

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    The three-year debacle over the controversial addition to the Château Laurier hotel came to a quasi-end late Wednesday afternoon in a split vote, though...

  • Council ends Battle Château, motion to pull heritage permit defeated

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    Cries of “shame” howled from the public gallery Thursday after the majority of city council refused to reconsider a decision that allows the owner of the...