Château Laurier Addition

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


At the Special Meeting of Ottawa City Council on July 11, the motion for reconsideration of the Château Laurier addition failed by a vote of 10 yays to 13 nays.  The conditional heritage permit granted by Ottawa City Council last year was not rescinded.  CLICK HERE to view the meeting (starts at 4:00). 

Heritage Ottawa and Friends of the Château Laurier will continue to advocate for an appropriate addition to the Château Laurier.  Stay tuned...

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Update / July 10, 2019

A motion of reconsideration for the Château Laurier addition will be considered at a Special Meeting of Ottawa City Council on July 11 at 2:00 pm.  CLICK HERE for the meeting agenda.

Update / June 26, 2019



Councillor Mathieu Fleury tabled his "notice of motion" at the June 26 meeting of Ottawa City Council. The motion passed by a narrow vote of 12-10. 

As a result, Council has the opportunity to stop the proposed Château Laurier addition at its next meeting on July 10 by supporting Councillor Fleury's motion. If the motion passes by a majority, the conditional Heritage Permit for the currently proposed addition, granted by Council last year, will be void.

CLICK HERE to read the City of Ottawa Memo circulated on July 5 to Mayor Watson and all city councillors, outlining the city's assessment of potential legal implications of rescinding the heritage permit.

CLICK HERE to read the legal letter sent July 8 by Michael S. Polowin, Gowling WLG to Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of Friends of the Château Laurier.

Your voice matters! 

We encourage all concerned citizens to contact the Mayor and City Councillors before July 10, and ask them to support the motion to rescind the heritage permit for this inappropriate, visually incompatible addition to the Château Laurier hotel. 

Follow this link to directly contact Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa city councillors by phone or email: .

Support for Councillor Fleury's motion on July 10 has been publicly indicated by Councillors Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, Riley Brockington, Rawlson King, Diane Deans and Shawn Menard via their Twitter accounts and elsewhere. Thank you, Councillors, for your leadership on this important heritage issue!

CLICK HERE to read Heritage Ottawa's statement of May 25, 2019 in response to the latest proposed design for the Château Laurier addition.

View renderings of the latest proposed addition from a variety of key vantage points.

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  • HERITAGE OTTAWA | Response to Latest Design for Proposed Addition to Château Laurier | March 2019


    For more than two years, Canadians have been witnessing with growing concern a sequence of various design proposals for an addition to the...

  • Ottawa Citizen Reports on Urban Design Review Panel's Assessment of Latest Proposed Design for Château Laurier Addition

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Joanne Laucius

    Better, but still needs work.

    That’s the conclusion of Ottawa’s urban design review panel on the new design for a controversial addition to the...

  • CBC NEWS: Back Again—New Château Laurier design tweaks headed for Urban Design Review Panel

    Following today's release of the latest design for the Chateau Laurier addition, the following report was posted to

    CBC NEWS, By Ryan Tumilty

    The developer behind the...

  • STUDENT EXHIBITION continues the discussion of forthcoming Château Laurier addition


    An exhibition of alternative designs for an addition to the Château Laurier Hotel, created by students of Carleton University's Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism,...

  • OUTSIDE THE BOX: An Exhibition of Alternative Designs for an Addition to the Château Laurier


    Heritage Ottawa is pleased to be hosting an exhibit of designs for an addition to the Château Laurier created by students at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and...

  • Time to End "Capital Punishment"

    The following article appeared in the "Athena Cultural Crusader" section of the August 8 issue of COUNTRY LIFE, a weekly U.K. magazine with a focus on arts, travel and architecture.


  • Forfeiting its Right of Final Approval, City Council Votes to "Return to the Drawing Board" on Château Laurier Addition
    Final Approval for Design Changes to be Delegated to City Staff


    City Council voted unanimously on June 27, 2018 to approve the Built Heritage Sub Committee’s (BHSC)...

  • Council votes to keep working on design for Château Laurier expansion

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    The drama at city hall over the Château Laurier’s proposed addition should go silent until the next term of council.

    Council on Wednesday voted to have...

  • Council approves Addition to Château Laurier with plan to Tweak Modernist Design

    GLOBAL NEWS, By Beatrice Britneff

    Council agreed today that planners have more work to do on the design of the Château Laurier expansion, a controversial process that has dragged on for...

  • Back to the drawing board for round five of Château Laurier expansion

    EDMONTON SUN, By Jon Willing

    City council could neuter itself on Wednesday as Ottawa’s watchdog for heritage properties when it considers kicking the final design responsibility for the...