From Walk-Up to High-Rise: Ottawa’s Historic Apartment Buildings

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:00


Update: The book is available for purchase here on our website for $20 including shipping within Canada.



Join Heritage Ottawa as we launch our newest book on December 13 with this special presentation at Dominion-Chalmers United Church by two of its contributors, Shannon Ricketts and Susan Ross.

The fascinating story of how apartment house living emerged in 20th century Ottawa focuses on Centretown, Sandy Hill and parts of Lowertown East. From modest walk-ups to “Grandes Dames” like the Shefford, Strathcona and Windsor Arms, these new forms of housing emerged in response to demographic and economic pressures, and evolving social norms.

Robert Smythe’s pre-publication lecture of 2016 focused on the post-war period from 1945 to 1975.

This evening's presentations will focus on the years 1900 to 1939 and include local apartment buildings influenced by the Art Nouveau, Art Deco styles and Moderne styles.

In celebration of our new book and the holiday season, we invite you to join us for refreshments after the presentations at our special venue of Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

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

The event is now over.


The book is available for purchase here on our website for $20 including shipping within Canada.

You can also purchase the book by sending a cheque for $20 to our office at:

Heritage Ottawa,
2 Daly Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2
Telephone (613) 230 - 8841

Please specify "Apartments Book" and include your name, mailing address and phone number.





Shannon Ricketts is an architectural historian who has written extensively on Canadian architecture.

Susan Ross is an architect and professor at Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

Dominion-Chalmers United Church
355 Cooper Street ( use entrance on Lisgar Street )
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8