National Arts Centre: The Rejuvenation in its Urban and Historic Context

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00

The National Arts Centre was the federal government’s centennial project to commemorate Canada’s 1967 celebration of Confederation. The project fulfilled a long-held national dream to create a Canadian Centre for the Performing Arts in the Capital. Formally opened in 1969, the NAC plays an important urban role.  Its “polite brutalist” architecture has been an object of both curiosity and respect.

The lecture will examine the urban and historic context of the NAC as plans are being prepared for its rejuvenation to be completed in 2017.


Barry Padolsky is an Ottawa-based architect, urban designer, and heritage consultant.  Barry has worked on over 160 architectural / urban design / heritage conservation projects in the National Capital area. His firm has received numerous awards for heritage conservation.


This is a members only event. There will be a cash bar, and memberships will be available at the door.

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

This lecture is generously co-sponsored by the National Arts Centre.



On Foot: Access via Freiman Lane ( walk down the ramp to the Box Office entrance )

By Car: Park in the NAC underground garage and enter via the garage

Click here for a map and additional parking options, including bike parking.


National Arts Centre
53 Elgin Street
( Lecture takes place in the SALON, access via Main Lobby )
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1