Meet the Developers: Apartment Building Construction in Ottawa, 1900 to the Present 

Algonquin Annex. Photo: Chris Ryan

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00

Although developers of Ottawa’s apartment buildings are less well-known than the architects who designed them—after all, it is a building’s appearance that endures—it was these local entrepreneurs who chose the architects, hired the contractors and took the financial risks.

This lecture looks at some of the most important apartment building developers in Ottawa and how they shaped (and reshaped) the residential landscape over the decades. Find out who they were, and what they accomplished, from the construction of the city’s first apartments at the turn of the 20th century through to the present.

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

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


Christopher Ryan, a local historian based in Centretown, is a contributor to the recently published book, From Walk-Up to High-Rise: Ottawa’s Historic Apartment Buildings and author of his website, The Margins of History.

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