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.


  • Plamondon: If we want to get Château Laurier right, look to 7 Clarence

    OTTAWA CITIZEN | OPINION, By Bob Plamondon

    "The building’s completely out of whack with what would be expected in a heritage district … It’s a ridiculous looking structure.”


  • Ottawa’s iconic Château Laurier held hostage by developers and architects

    TORONTO STAR, By Penny Collenette

    How do you protect what is perceived to be a public heritage space when it is privately owned? This very contentious issue is facing Ottawa’s City Council...

  • Château Laurier architects unwilling to make 'significant' alterations to latest design

    Built heritage subcommittee pans hotel addition, but has little power

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    The owners of the Château Laurier have no intention of making substantial changes...

  • City's heritage subcommittee says Château Laurier design should be rejected

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    An overwhelming number of the City of Ottawa’s official heritage protectors say council’s planning committee should reject the latest design of a proposed...

  • In the News: Heritage Ottawa Speaks Out on Proposed Addition to Château Laurier


    June 3, 2019

    Heritage Ottawa's David B. Flemming discussed the proposed addition with CTV NEWS OTTAWA this morning, in advance of today's meeting of the the Built Heritage...

  • Don't like the Château Laurier addition? Blame your councillor

    Council abdicated political responsibility by approving it, sight unseen

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    If you hate the latest version of the Château Laurier hotel addition, and if...

  • Coffman: The Château Laurier addition is genuinely incompatible. Here's why


    City staff has decreed that the latest design for an addition to the Château Laurier meets the standard of compatibility with the historic hotel...

  • Mayor Watson still underwhelmed with latest Château Laurier design

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    The company that owns the Château Laurier is “tone-deaf” to criticisms piling up over the proposed addition to the historic hotel, Mayor Jim Watson said...

  • Latest Château Laurier design meets council's requirements for compatibility, city staff say

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    City planners back the latest design of an addition to the Château Laurier, despite criticism that the expansion would sully the image of the heritage hotel...

  • Take 5: Latest Château Laurier addition design already under fire

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    The fifth — and possibly final — version of the controversial addition to Ottawa's iconic Château Laurier is now public, and while it's smaller in scale than...