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  The conditional heritage permit granted by Ottawa City Council last year was not rescinded.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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  • Councillors risk ceding influence over Château addition, heritage group warns

    CBC NEWS, By Laura Osman

    The president of Heritage Ottawa is warning city councillors they may be about to lose their last chance to veto the design for a modernist addition to the Château...

  • More design work on Château Laurier expansion endorsed by planning committee

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    There wasn’t much fuss over the proposed Château Laurier expansion during Tuesday’s planning committee meeting.

    Councillors simply approved a...

  • Heritage Ottawa: Response to Latest Design for Proposed Addition to Château Laurier | June 3, 2018

    Owners of the Château Laurier have unveiled their latest design for a proposed addition to the venerable historic hotel, a National Historic Site of...

  • Heritage Ottawa to Built Heritage Sub-committee re: Chateau Laurier Addition | JUNE 18, 2018


    The following text was formally submitted by Heritage Ottawa to the Built Heritage Sub-committee for consideration at its meeting of June 18, 2018. President David Jeanes...

  • Phyllis Lambert to Mayor Jim Watson: Architects of Proposed Château Laurier Addition "Have Not Found a Viable Approach"


    Architectural visionary Phyllis Lambert, widely considered one of the world's most influential figures in architecture, has written a letter to Mayor Jim Watson to express...

  • Coffman on Proposed Château Laurier Addition: Compatibility

    THE HTA BLOG, By Peter Coffman

    Several objections were raised at last Monday’s meeting of the Built Heritage Sub-Committee to the proposed extension of the Château Laurier. The thread that...

  • Jeanes: Château Laurier addition – design excellence must be the standard

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By David Jeanes

    The following is offered in rebuttal to a column by Mohammed Adam (Ottawa Citizen, June 11) about the proposed addition to the Château Laurier:


  • Heritage Sub-committee wants council to send Château Laurier back to the drawing board

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    The city’s built-heritage subcommittee is recommending the architects of the Château Laurier addition go back to the drawing board.

    The panel of...

  • Heritage committee demands more changes to Château annex

    'We want to feel the addition loves the Château as much as we do'

    CBC NEWS, By Laura Osman

    The architects behind a controversial addition to Ottawa's Château Laurier still don't have...

  • When Architecture Fails to Speak for Itself… The Château Laurier Addition

    Savanturier Blog,  By Andrew Waldron

    Imagine it is 2030 and over the past decade the Château Laurier addition has been derided not only for its misunderstanding of architecture, but for the...