Flora Hall Brewing: Crafting the Future of a Derelict Building

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00

For decades, Ottawans have lamented the loss of one structure, or the slow demolition by neglect of another as the city grows and develops—too often leaving history in its wake.

This presentation will explore one small development that sought to partially stem this tide, the redevelopment of a beautiful, yet decrepit, little industrial warehouse located at 37 Flora Street. Seeking to establish a permanent new neighbourhood gathering space in the form of a craft brewery, kitchen and bar, Dave Longbottom acquired the building in 2016, renovating and repurposing the structure to house his new business, Flora Hall Brewing.

Join Dave Longbottom as he shares the process of acquisition, design, permitting, partial demolition, construction and startup required to rescue this heritage building from a decade of dereliction and neglect. It has been brought back into use for the community in which it has sat for the past 90 years.


CLICK HERE for a PDF summary of Dave Longbottom's presentation as delivered on September 27.


Lifelong Ottawa resident Dave Longbottom is of the city’s most ardent fans and promoters. He has a B.Sc in Engineering from Queen’s University and after 30 years’ experience travelling the world while building a number of technology businesses he turned his attention to retail and the creation of a new gathering spot for Centretowners and Ottawans alike.

The lecture is free and there is no need to pre-register.

CLICK HERE for a reading list prepared with the assistance of the Ottawa Public Library to accompany this lecture.

Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2